Archaeologists find ancient tomb of temple guard in Egypt's Luxor

Tue Mar 3, 2015 8:02pm EST
 
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CAIRO (Reuters) - An ancient tomb belonging to Amenhotep, guard of the temple of Egyptian deity Amun, has been discovered in the southern city of Luxor, the Egypt's antiquities ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry said the tomb probably dates to the New Kingdom's 18th Dynasty (1543–1292 BC).

Photographs distributed by the ministry show a tomb with bright green and brown paintings with hieroglyphics.

"The tomb contains many stunning scenes with bright colors painted on plaster," Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty said in a statement.

"Many of scenes represent the tomb owner and his wife in front of an offering table and a view of a goddess nursing a royal child as well as scenes of the daily life," he added.

Photographs distributed by the ministry show a tomb with bright green and brown paintings with hieroglyphics.

The tomb was discovered by a team of American archaeologists alongside an Egyptian inspectors' team in the city of Luxor, 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of Cairo.

However, the temple guard's final resting place had been vandalized for unknown reasons.

The T-shaped tomb "was deliberately damaged in ancient times," said Sultan Eid, the ministry's general director for the Upper Egypt region.   Continued...