Ramses II vizier's pyramid discovered in Luxor
|The 12-metre structure, which is thought to have reached 15-metres, was found in Egypt by a team of scientists from the Free University of Brussels and the Universite de Liege in Belgium [Credit:Reuters/Asmaa Waguih]|
"Stamp impressions on the bricks indicate that the pyramid belongs to a vizier of Upper and Lower Egypt named Khay, who held this charge for 15 years during the reign of pharaoh Ramses II (1279 -1213 BC) in the 19th dynasty," the mission said in a statement.
"The monument was largely dismantled in the 7th and 8th century AD, when the tomb was transformed into a Coptic hermitage," it said.
The discovery is of major importance "since the vizier Khay was known to Egyptologists by a large number of documents but the location of his tomb remained undiscovered," the mission said.
Luxor, ancient Thebes, is a treasure trove of ancient Egyptian architecture and artefacts.
The city, a major tourist spot, has been badly affected by insecurity gripping the country since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Source: AFP [February 21, 2013]