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Ancient tomb discovery in Egypt adds to treasure trove in Luxor

Ancient tomb discovery in Egypt adds to treasure trove in Luxor
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Grave dating back three millenia contains statues, jeweller, and mummies in find that could rekindle Egypt's tourism industry.


Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed yet another major find in the Nile city of Luxor: the 3,500 year old tomb of a prominent goldsmith containing statues, jewellery, and, of course, mummies.

It is believed the site, which includes a courtyard, two burial shafts and an alcove containing a statue of the deceased, dates back to the 18th dynasty of Egypt’s New Kingdom in around the 15th century BC.

The tomb is believed to be the resting place of the goldsmith Amenemhat, his wife and one of his sons.

The discovery follows the uncovering of another New Kingdom tombs in Luxor belonging to a judge, earlier this year.

Also this year, Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan.

Egyptian authorities hope the new finds will help to rekindle its tourism industry, which suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarek, and the recent spate of terrorist attacks.

The first seven months of 2017 have seen tourism revenues jump by 170 percent, indicating a potential fresh start for the country’s heavily tourism-reliant economy.

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