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Egypt: Archaeologists find goldsmith's tomb near Egyptian city of Luxor

2017/09/10

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived additional than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewellery in the new major find near the Nile city of Luxor.

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era — around 15th century B.C.

“The work did not finish from presently on and we’re continuing and working to find additional objects and additional tombs,” he told Reuters at the site.

The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, inclunding two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement.

Before this year, authorities announced they had discovered an extra New Kingdom tomb in Luxor belonging to a judge, and Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years.

Egypt’s ancient relics are a draw for tourists and authorities hope new finds can as well help attract additional visitors.

Tourism in Egypt suffered in the aftermath of the mass protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Militant bomb attacks have as well deterred foreign visitors.

Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped by 170 % in the initial seven months of 2017, reaching $3.5 billion, authorities said, in welcome news for an economy heavily reliant on the sector for foreign currency and jobs.

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