A new tomb has been discovered near the famed city of Luxor. The tomb contains the remains of a 3000-year-old nobleman named Userhat from the New Kingdom. The tomb remained largely untouched till the 21st Dynasty when the tomb was reopened to add more mummies, as a way of protecting them from a period of intense tomb robbing.
“It was a surprise how much was being displayed inside we found a large number of Ushabti (small carved figurines), more than 1,000 of them,” said Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany
“This is an important discovery.”
The tomb is made up of a court, hallway and an inner chamber where archaeologists discovered wooden masks, figurines as well as ten coffins and eight mummies. But the excavation is ongoing.
The head of the archaeological mission, Mostafa Waziri dated the tomb “through the drawings on the ceiling,”
The tomb according to Waziri dates back to an era known as “the era of the tomb robber.”
It’s evident that someone with a conscience, the priests or a high-profile government official… made an opening to the chambers, and they put the coffins there.
This comes after Swedish archaeologists discovered twelve 3500-year-old Egyptian cemeteries around the Aswan.
The discovery of the tombs along with cemeteries has seen an increase in tourism in Luxor. Tourism recently dropping after the rioting that toppled Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011.
The hope is that the new discoveries will attract a new crowd to Egypt.