ARCHEOLOGY – The royal tomb was unearthed in the Theban necropolis by an Egyptian-British mission. It would be the final resting place of a pharaoh’s wife.
And here is one more tomb for the Theban necropolis. A new tomb, probably that of a royal wife of the XVIIIe dynasty, that of Akhenaten and of Tutankhamunwas discovered in Luxorthe Thebes of the pharaohs, the Egyptian authorities revealed on Saturday. Dated from the XVe century BC, this royal tomb was unearthed by Egyptian and British researchers on the west bank of the Nilewhere are the valleys of kings and queens.
“This tomb could be that of a royal wife or a princess of the line of Thutmosides of which very few have been brought to light”announced in a press release the archaeologist Piers Litherland of Cambridge University, who leads the team of British researchers on this mission. The head of Egyptian Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, welcomed this discovery on Saturday, which comes as excavations are still continuing on the spot.
The interior of this tomb is “in poor condition” with “many constructions and inscriptions destroyed due to the floods of Antiquity which filled the mortuary chambers with sandy and calcareous sediments”adds the Egyptian archaeologist Mohsen Kamel, also quoted in the press release.
The Golden Age of Ancient Egypt
The XVIIIe dynasty is considered, with the XIXe dynasty, as the heyday and most prosperous period of ancient Egypt, under the New Kingdom, which adds to the cachet of the discovery. Several other discoveries have also been presented in recent months by Egypt, mainly in the necropolis of Saqqarasouth of Cairo.
diving in a serious economic crisisEgypt relies on these announcements to revive tourism, hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. This sector, which employs two million people – in the country of 104 million inhabitants – and generates more than 10% of GDP has been at half mast for the 2011 revolution.
Cairo has been promising the imminent opening for months of its Great Egyptian Museumbuilt near from the Giza Plateau, but without having so far a precise date for its inauguration. Formerly scheduled for 2020, the opening of this future flagship institution of Egyptian antiquities was expected by many in 2022, the year of the bicentenary of the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone through Jean-Francois Champollion and the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of the child-pharaoh Tutankhamun. In the land of the pyramids, the new monuments also take up all the time in the world.