Four Egyptian tombs open to public for the first time
Four tombs of Royal Butlers of ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom (1,580 BC-1,080 BC) period Pharaohs were opened to public Friday after their renovation work have been completed, the Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany announced in a statement.
|Burial Chambers belonging to the tombs of Royal Butlers in the west bank of Luxor [Credit: Antiquities Ministry]|
Located at Sheikh Abdel Qurna area in the west bank of Luxor, the T-shaped tomb is typical of the 18th Dynasty and has a pillared hall and a burial shaft, he added.
“The restoration of Djehuty tomb, which began in 2012, was carried out in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID.) It required a lot of work because the tomb was found in poor condition,” according to Anany.
The other three tombs, located at Deir El-Medina, belong to Imn Nakht, Nebenmaat and Kha’Emteri who held the same title of ‘Servant in the Place of Truth’ during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II (1,279 BC-1,213 BC) said Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egypt Antiquities Department at the Antiquities Ministry.
“The tombs share the same entrance, corridor and ante-chamber which are branched out into three burial chambers with a mud brick chapel in each,” said Afifi.
The restoration of Deir El-Medina three tombs was implemented in collaboration with the French Institute for Oriental Studies (IFAO,) he added.
Author: Rany Mostafa | Source: The Cairo Post [May 14, 2016]