Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Another XVIII dynasty tomb found in Luxor

 This press report is in Arabic but it does have pictures.

اليوم السابع | بالصور.. اكتشاف مقبرة أثرية ترجع للأسرة الثامنة عشر بالأقصر

 "Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Antiquities announced today a

new discovery in Luxor. The discovery is a tomb of an high official

called "Maai" from the 18th Dynasty, it was discovered by the

Spanish-Italian mission working in Sheikh Abd Qurna on the

West Bank. The team found a funerary cone made of pottery shows

the titles of the deceased including, The Secret Keeper of the God,

the Supervisor of the cattle, Overseer of the fields, Overseer of the

King's horses, the Mayor,  Distinguished of Osiris and the Prince.

The tomb was discovered during the mission's work in tomb TT109

where they made a hole in one of the walls which led to get to the

newly discovered tomb. The team is still working on removing the

debris from the tomb. The inscriptions and scenes found so far are

important in terms of showing the details of the daily life of the

deceased beside his relation with his family. It also shows the

luxury were available to high officials at that time. Abd El Hakim

Karar, director of Upper Egypt Antiquities said " The scenes in

the tomb include one of "Maai" and his wife who called "Nefert"

as well as scenes of banquets, hunting and making offerings.

Dr. Mila Alvarez Sosa, the head of the mission said " I am happy

with this discovery especially it is her first season of the concession

in this site." She added that there were different expertise cooperated

in the excavation between the Egyptian and Foreign archaeologists

of different specialties."

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