Mystery of the Pharaohs: Archaeologists Unearth Stunning Royal Tomb in Luxor, Egypt :
Egyptian authorities on Saturday announced the discovery of an ancient Royal Tomb in Luxor dating back some 3,500 years that archaeologists believe contains Royal Tomb remains from the 18th Dynasty.
Egyptian and British researchers discovered the Royal Tomb on the west bank of the Nile River, where the famous Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings are located, said Mustafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The 18th Dynasty, part of the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom, ended in 1292 BCE and is considered one of the most prosperous years of ancient Egypt.
Piers Litherland of the University of Cambridge, the head of the British research mission, said the tomb could belong to a royal wife or a princess of the Thutmosid dynasty.
Egyptian archaeologist Mohsen Kamel said that the interior of the tomb was in poor condition :
Parts of it, including inscriptions, were “destroyed in ancient floods that filled the burial chambers with sand and limestone sediments,” Kamel added, according to the Board of Antiquities statement.
Egypt has reveal many major archaeological discoveries in recent years, notably at the Saqqara necropolis south of the capital, Cairo.
Critics say the flurry of excavations has prioritized the discoveries shown to garner media attention over hard academic research.
But the discovery has been a key component of Egypt’s efforts to revive its vital tourism industry, whose crown jewel is the long-delayed opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum at the foot of the pyramids.
The country of 104 million inhabitants suffers from a serious economic crisis:
Egypt’s tourism industry accounts for 10 percent of GDP and nearly 10 million jobs, according to official figures, but has been hit by political unrest and the Covid pandemic.