Egypt announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor going back somewhere in the range of 3,500 years and trusted it will help the nation’s efforts to boost its declining tourism sector.
The tombs, situated on the west bank of the river Nile in a burial ground for aristocrats and top officials, are the most recent discovery in the city celebrated internationally for its temples and tombs spanning diverse dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.
The eighteenth dynasty private tombs were already known. However, it’s the first time to enter the two tombs. Since Egypt’s tourism was hit hard due to the political turmoil, efforts were made to promote it. Egypt’s fundamental tourism industry, mostly determined by antique sightseeing. This two tombs has become a hope for the tourism future of the country.One tomb has a courtyard lined with mud-brick and stone walls and contains a six-meter (yard) entombment shaft leading to four side chambers. The artifacts found inside were for the parts of wooden coffins. Wall engravings and paintings show that it belongs to a period between the reigns King Amenhotep II and King Thutmose IV, the two pharaohs of the eighteenth dynasty. The other tomb has five doors leading to a rectangular hall and contains two entombment shafts situated in the northern and southern sides of the tomb.
Among the artifacts found inside are funerary cones, painted wooden funerary covers, clay vessels, a collection of nearly 450 statues and a mummy wrapped in linen who was likely of a top official. A cartouche carved on the roof bears the name of King Thutmose I of the early eighteenth dynasty.