September 12, 2017
Egypt is a mysterious land and there are many secrets that still remain under ground. Last week, a new tomb was unveiled in Luxor City. Egyptian authorities announced the previously undiscovered ancient tomb belonging to a goldsmith and his wife near Luxor in Southern Egypt.
The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, behind Valley-of-the-Kings, contains “mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts,” according to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. An Egyptian team unearthed the 3,500-year-old tomb.
The burial chamber belonged to Amenemhat – which means the god “Amen Is In the Forefront” – and his wife Amenhotep. Amenhotep is usually a man’s name however the team found references inside the tomb indicating she was the lady of the house.
The owners lived during Egypt’s 18th dynasty. The tomb appears to have been reused, as sarcophagi from both the 22nd and 21st dynasties were found. It has two burial shafts. One was likely dug for the mummies of Amenemhat and Amenhotep. Archaeologists found mummies, sarcophagi and funerary masks carved in wood, along with statuettes of the goldsmith and his wife. They also found the mummies of a woman and her two adult children in another burial shaft in the courtyard.
Experts said initial analysis of the mummies shed light on the diseases from which the deceased were suffering, as well other aspects of how they lived.