Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Egypt uncovers 3500-year-old tomb of royal goldsmith in Luxor

Egypt uncovers 3500-year-old tomb of royal goldsmith in Luxor

Photo The discovery was a relatively modest one, but Egyptian officials announced the find with great fanfare in a bid to help revitalize tourism.

A previously undiscovered ancient tomb containing mummies and other artifacts was unveiled in southern Egypt on Friday.

The newly discovered tomb, most likely belonging to a nobleman and city judge named Userhat, was apparently reopened in the 21st dynasty, about 300 years after it was built.

The tomb contained two burial shafts.

It is unclear whether the three mummies discovered are connected to Amenemhat.

The ministry said another shaft led to a chamber where researchers found the mummies of a woman and her two children.

Authorities believe the tomb of Amenemhat, who was goldsmith for the god Amun, the period's most powerful deity, could lead them to further discoveries in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis, an area famed for its temples and burial grounds.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany made the announcement during a press conference on Saturday that was attended by Luxor Governor Mohammed Badr and Director of Luxor antiquities Dr. Mustafa Waziri and a number of local and foreign media, as well as the Cypriot ambassador to Egypt and several MPs.

Anani said that the owner of the tomb is Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the middle age of the 18 dynasty. Archaeologists found mummies, sarcophagi and funerary masks carved in wood, along with statuettes of the goldsmith and his wife.

The ministry says it expects more artefacts to be found as the dig continues. This wonderful 3,500-year-old tomb is a real gift to the scientists, Mr Waziri said.

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