Archaeologists think the 3,500-year-old tomb in Luxor, which was discovered by Egyptian officials on Saturday, contains the bones of an 18th dynasty pharaoh.
According to Mostafa Waziri, director of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, the tomb was discovered by Egyptian and British archaeologists on the west bank of the River Nile, near the well-known Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings.
According to a statement from Waziri, “the first elements uncovered so far inside the tomb seem to indicate that it dates back to the 18th dynasty” of pharaohs Akhenaton and Tutankhamun.
The 18th dynasty, which was a component of the New Kingdom period of Egyptian history, came to an end in 1292 BC and is regarded as one of the most successful periods of prehistoric Egypt.
The tomb may belong to a princess or royal wife of Thutmosid ancestry, according to the chairman of the British research mission Piers Litherland of the University of Cambridge.
The interior of the tomb, according to Egyptian archaeologist Mohsen Kamel, was “in bad condition.”
According to the antiquities board’s statement, parts of it, including the inscriptions, were “destroyed in ancient floods that filled the burial chambers with sand and limestone debris.”
In recent years, Egypt has made a number of significant archaeological finds, most notably in the Saqqara necropolis south of the capital Cairo.
The surge of digs, according to critics, has prioritized media-friendly discoveries over rigorous scholarly investigation.
The Grand Egyptian Museum’s long-delayed opening at the base of the pyramids is the jewel in Egypt’s efforts to resuscitate its crucial tourism economy, which have been greatly aided by the discoveries.
The 104 million people who live there experience a terrible economic crisis.
According to official statistics, the tourist sector in Egypt generates 10% of the country’s GDP and two million jobs, but it has been severely impacted by political upheaval and the Covid pandemic.
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