Officials announced yesterday that archaeologists had discovered and excavated two tombs found in the necropolis of Dra’ Abu el-Naga in Luxo near the Valley of the Kings. Given the method of the mummy’s burial, the tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 BCE) probably belonged to officials who served at the ancient capital of Thebes, now a UNESCO world heritage site.
The tombs were surveyed and numbered by German researcher Friederike Kampp-Seyfried in the 1990s. At the time, the tomb known as Kampp 161 was never opened, while the tomb identified as Kampp 150 was only excavated to its entrance. The tombs were recently re-discovered and excavated by Egyptian archaeologists.
Kampp 161, based on the wall paintings, engravings and inscriptions found inside, dates back to around the end of the reign of pharaohs Amenhotep II and his son Thutmose IV, around 1400 BCE.
Wall art depicts a man offering flowers to the dead and his wife, and a scene depicting four rows of guests. The archaeologists also found coffin fragments, funerary masks, and chair legs.
“It’s truly an exceptional day,” Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said.
“The 18th dynasty private tombs were already known. But it’s the first time to enter inside the two tombs.”