Sunday, 10 September 2017

3,500 year old Egyptian tomb found

The discovery is in the southern city of Luxor, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery where noblemen and top government officials were buried. The tomb was built for Userhat, a judge during the New Kingdom period, from roughly 1500 to 1000 BC. The tomb was not in good condition, but it contained a statue of the goldsmith, named Amunhat, and his wife as well as a funerary mask, mummies and jewellery. A shaft in the tomb contained mummies belonging to ancient Egyptian people who lived during the 21st and 22nd dynasties.
Its principal occupant was a goldsmith named Amenemhat from the 18th Dynasty (1550BC to 1292BC), the time of Tutankhamun, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut. The tomb was reused during the beginning of the Third Intermediate Period (1070BC to 664BC) and another shaft was discovered nearby with three mummies in two coffins from the Middle Kingdom (2050BC to 1800BC).