The Valley of the Kings of Luxor, the most valuable cemetery of pharaohs, is an inexhaustible source of archaeological discoveries. In early September, an expedition discovered the tomb of a royal goldsmith named Amenemhat who lived during the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt (1550 BC to 1292 BC), the mythical era of Tutankhamun, Hatshepsut and Nefertiti.
The underground chamber also contains various skeletons, several sarcophagi, and other objects such as statues, jewels and some 50 funeral cones, which experts consider an important discovery.
According to the archaeologists responsible for the expedition, the fact that most of the funeral cones belong to high officials suggests that their remains are buried in nearby chambers, so they expect new finds to occur during the next few weeks.
“It is a significant discovery in all fields,” said Khaled Alnani, Minister of Antiquities. “The work has not been finished. We hope to make new announcements next month, “added the minister, who traveled to the city of Luxor, located in the south of the country, to announce the finding.
The archaeological site was used for funerary purposes during different periods of Ancient Egypt. According to the first investigations, it is believed that the tomb was reused during the third intermediate period of Ancient Egypt (between 1070 BC and 650 BC), when the Nile Valley was divided into two political units, one directed from Tanis, in Lower Egypt, and the other from Thebes, in Upper Egypt.
In a room adjacent to the main one, three mummies were found in two coffins belonging to the Middle Kingdom (between 2050 BC and 1800 BC), along with various artifacts and poetic texts, so during the coming months, the archaeologists of the expedition will have work to extract all present information.
2017 is a year of remarkable archaeological finds, like a colossus in last March corresponding to Pharaoh Psamtik I . The remains of the mammoth statue were buried in a suburb of Cairo and came to light casually as a group of workers dug the ground to build the foundations of a building.
However, some experts have pointed out that the current Egyptian authorities tend to exaggerate the scientific importance of the remains found as part of a strategy to try to recover the battered tourist sector, one of the traditional props of the country’s economy. In fact, as usual in recent times, the discovery of the funeral site was presented to the media with great pomp.
Last year was the hardest for tourism companies, as only 4.8 million foreign visitors visited the country, less than a third of those received in 2010, the year before the Revolution. And at the end of 2015, an attack shot down a Russian plane causing the death of the 224 people on board.