Saturday, March 7, 2015
New 3.500 year old tomb found in Luxor in Egypt
Pictures Facebookpage of the Egyptian ministry of Antiquities.
A team of American archeologists and local laborers uncovered a colorful tomb in Luxor that is thought to date back to Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom, and is perhaps over 3,500 years old.
The tomb was unearthed on Tuesday 3 March in the archeological site of Al-Qurna in Luxor City (formerly Thebes), over 720 kilometers south of Cairo. It is presumed to have been built for a nobleman or ancient priest in the Cult of Amoun, perhaps also a member of the then-ruling dynasty.
The owner of the tomb has reportedly been identified as “Amenhotep” — not to be confused with the pharaoh of the same name.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of State for Antiquities, this tomb was constructed during the New Kingdom’s 18th Dynasty (Circa ~1543–1292). Colorful engravings and murals on the tomb’s walls depict “Amenhotep” and his wife making offerings to the gods, along with depictions of agricultural work and hunting. Ministerial sources say the tomb was partially defaced, with some of its hieroglyphs and several of its engravings scratched out. This may have occurred during the religious revolution in the brief reign of the monotheistic Pharaoh Akhenaton (Circa ~ 1351–1334 BC).
The T-shaped tomb is 5.1 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, with smaller chambers to the east and west, which each measure around two meters by two meters. Also found in the tomb is a well-like structure beneath the chambers, which is still being studied and is thought to be another burial chamber.