New royal tomb discovered in Luxor

The tomb was found by Egyptian and British researchers on the west bank of the Nile.

A new tomb, probably that of a royal wife from the 18th Dynasty, that of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, almost 3,500 years ago, has been discovered in Luxor, the Thebes of the pharaohs, Egyptian authorities announced yesterday.

This royal tomb was discovered by Egyptian and British researchers on the west bank of the Nile, where the famous valleys of kings and queens are located, and excavations are continuing, Mostafa Waziri, head of Egyptian antiquities, said in a statement.

“The first items discovered so far inside the tomb seem to indicate that it dates from the 18th Dynasty,” considered the heyday and most prosperous period of ancient Egypt, he said.

For Piers Litherland, from the University of Cambridge, who leads the team of British researchers on this mission, “this tomb could be that of a royal wife or a princess of the Thutmosis lineage, of which very few have come to light.” ”.

The interior of this tomb is “in poor condition”, with “numerous buildings and inscriptions destroyed by the floods of antiquity, which filled the burial chambers with sandy and calcareous sediments”, added the Egyptian archaeologist Mohsen Kamel, also quoted in the statement. .

Egypt has reported several important discoveries in recent months, mainly in the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo.

The country, with 104 million inhabitants and in the midst of a serious economic crisis, is counting on these announcements to reactivate tourism, hit hard by the covid-19 pandemic.