Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ancient Archaeological Excavation Find Unveils Tomb in Luxor Dating 3000 Years During Kingdom's 18th Dynasty

""Egypt's antiquities ministry announced on Tuesday the discovery of the tomb of Amenhotep, guard of the temple of Egyptian diety Anun, in the city of Luxor. The tomb, believed to be 3,000 years old, would date to the New Kingdom's 18th dynasty.

The tomb was found about 700 kilometers south of Cairo in the city of Luxor by a team of American archaeologists with the American Research Center, along with an Egyptian inspectors team. The Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh el-Damaty said in a statement, "The tomb contains many stunning scenes with bright colours painted on plaster."


Photographs distributed by the ministry show a T-shaped tomb with bright green and brown paintings with hieroglyphics. The scenes depict the tomb owner and his wife in front of an offering table, as well as paintings showing everyday life, such as hunting.

But sadly, the tomb of the temple guard was found to have been vandalized for unknown reasons. The tomb "was deliberately damaged in ancient times," said Sultan Eid, the ministry's general director for the Upper Egypt region.


Eid added, "The name and titles of the tomb owner, some hieroglyphic texts and scenes in addition to the names of the god Amun were deliberately erased." The scratching out of the name of the god, Amun probably occurred during the religious revolution under the rule of the Pharaoh Akhenaton, said Eid.

Luxor was the capital of the New Kingdom

Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes and the "glorious city" of the god Amon-Ra during the New Kingdom's 18th dynasty. Thebes grew in importance as a center for arts, religion and political influence as early as the 11th dynasty, dating to 2100 BC. Later, pharaohs of the New Kingdom further added to the wealth and influence of Thebes when they led expeditions to Canaan, and Kush, now northern Sudan.""

Antiquities Ministry Announcment

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