Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered the tomb of a royal Goldsmith which was dedicated to the God Amun. The antiquities ministry on Saturday said that the mummies of a woman and her two children were found inside it. The pharaonic tomb of the goldsmith was found in the southern city of Luxor who lived there more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty. As per reports, the tomb located on the west bank of the river Nile is where noblemen and top government officials were buried. In a bid to boost the recovering tourism industry, the authorities announced the news with a lot of fanfare on Saturday.
Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany said that although the tomb is not in good condition, it contains a statue of the goldsmith, his wife as well as a funerary mask. There is also a shaft in the tomb with mummies belonging to ancient Egyptian people who lived in the 21st and 22nd dynasties. Reportedly, the tomb has two burial shafts, of which one was likely dug to bury the mummies of the goldsmith and his wife. According to a ministry statement, the tomb also contained wooden funerary masks and statues of the couple. The shaft had three mummies. While another shaft contained a collection of sarcophagi from the 21st and 22nd dynasties.
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The tomb belonged to the 18th pharaonic dynasty when Amun was the most powerful deity. A senior official at the Antiquities Ministry hailed the discovery as evidence of their growing professionalism and expertise. Mustafa Waziri, the ministry’s chief archaeologist in Luxor was quoted saying, “We used to escort foreign archaeologists as observers, but that’s now in the past. We are the leaders now.”