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See pics: Archaeologists unearth 3500-year-old tomb of royal goldsmith in Egypt

Egypt announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than three centuries ago.

world Updated: Sep 09, 2017 20:13 IST
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An Egyptian antiquities worker works on a coffin in the recently discovered tomb of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the New Kingdom, at the Draa Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo on September 9.
An Egyptian antiquities worker works on a coffin in the recently discovered tomb of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the New Kingdom, at the Draa Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo on September 9.(REUTERS)

Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty.

Mummies found in the New Kingdom tomb that belongs to a royal goldsmith in a burial shaft, in Luxor, Egypt on September 9. (AP)

The tomb, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, is a relatively modest discovery, but one that authorities has announced with a great deal of fanfare in a bid to boost the country’s slowly recovering tourism industry.

An Egyptian antiquities worker is seen in the recently discovered tomb of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the New Kingdom, at the Draa Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo on September 9. (REUTERS)

“We want tomorrow’s newspapers to speak about Egypt and make people want to come to Egypt,” Antiquities minister Khaled el-Anani told reporters.

A statue of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the New Kingdom, and wife Amenhoteb is seen in his tomb at the Draa Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo, Egypt, September 9. (REUTERS)

El-Anani said the tomb was not in good condition, but it contains a statue of the goldsmith and his wife as well as a funerary mask. He said a shaft inside the tomb contained pottery as well as mummies and coffins belonging to ancient Egyptian people who lived during the 21st and 22nd dynasties.

Skulls and hands are seen next to coffin in the recently discovered tomb of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the New Kingdom, at the Draa Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo on September 9. (REUTERS)

The minister identified the goldsmith as Amenemhat.

The tomb was discovered by Egyptian archeologists, something that a senior official at the Antiquities Ministry hailed as evidence of their growing professionalism and expertise.

Skulls found in the New Kingdom tomb that belongs to a royal goldsmith are illuminated in a burial shaft, in Luxor on September 9. (AP Photo)

“We used to escort foreign archeologists as observers, but that’s now in the past. We are the leaders now,” said Mustafa Waziri, Luxor’s chief archaeologist.