Archaeologists discover ancient tombs in the egyptian Luxor
Two small ancient tombs dating back 3,500 years have been discovered in the ancient capital of the Egyptian Empire.
Archaeologists discovered the graves in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said Saturday. They found a mummy wrapped in linen in one of the larger of the two graves.
An inscription on the ceiling of the larger grave bears the name of King Thutmose I, the beginning of the 18th dynasty.
“It is a very important discovery because both graves contain very rich funerary collections, and one of them has a very nicely painted image of a lady in the Osirian form,” he said, Ahram Online reported.
The graves, located on the west bank of the Nile river in a cemetery for nobles and top officials, the latest discovery in the city, famous for its temples and tombs spread over different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.
Egyptian excavations employees recover from a mummy in a newly discovered tomb Luxor the West Bank at Luxor Saturday.
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Archaeologists also retrieved funerary cones, painted wooden funerary masks, clay vessels, a collection of approximately 450 images in the tombs.
Egyptian officials hope that the discovery will promote the country’s tourist industry which was hard hit by extremist attacks, and political unrest following the 2011 uprising.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.