In Luxor, archaeologists believe they have discovered the remains of an 18th dynasty royal in an ancient tomb dating back around 3,500 years.
On Saturday, Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that Egyptian and British researchers discovered the tomb on the west bank of the Nile, near the Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings.
According to Waziri, the first element found inside the tomb date back to the 18th dynasty of pharaohs Akhenaton and Tutankhamun.
Ancient Egypt’s 18th dynasty, part of the New Kingdom period, ended in 1292 BC and is considered one of its most prosperous periods.
According to Professor Piers Litherland of the University of Cambridge, the tomb could be that of a royal wife or princess of Thutmosid descent.
Mohsen Kamel, an Egyptian archaeologist, described the tomb’s interior as “poor”.
An antiquities board statement says parts of it, including inscriptions, were destroyed in ancient floods that filled burial chambers with sand and limestone sediment.
Fethi Yasin, head of the Egypt team, said the team would continue to document the excavations and the entire cemetery to give a clearer picture of the cemetery’s architectural planning and artistic elements.
Saqqara’s necropolis south of Cairo has revealed several significant archaeological discoveries in recent years.
In a flurry of excavations, critics say media attention has taken precedence over hard academic research.
However, the discoveries have helped Egypt revive its vital tourism industry, which is crowned by the long-awaited inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum at the foot of the pyramids.
In addition to its ancient treasures, tourism is one of the country’s major sources of foreign currency.
Political unrest and the Covid pandemic have hammered Egypt’s tourism industry, which accounts for 10 percent of the GDP and two million jobs.
As a result of the conflict in Ukraine, it also lost its two largest markets, Russia and Ukraine, during the early months of the war.
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