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Ancient Egyptian goldsmith's tomb discovered near Luxor

10 September 2017

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

The Ministry of Antiquities has identified the goldsmith as a man named Amenemhat who belonged to the 18th dynasty of Egypt, around 1400 years BC.

The tomb, found in the Dra' Abu el-Naga area of Qurna mountain, belonged to Amenemhat, under the number 390, and includes burial chambers for his wife and their son, descried Anani during a press conference attended by some foreign ambassadors and governor of Luxor Mohamed Badr.

He said the works at the tombs are not finished yet, adding that he is expecting to find more objects inside the burial site. There are also two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.

A portrait of their son was painted between them.

Another shaft led to a chamber where the team found the mummies of a woman and her two children.

The woman reportedly died at the age of 50 and tests showed she had suffered from a bacterial bone disease, the ministry quoted bone specialist Sherine Ahmed Shawqi as saying.

A collection of 150 ushabti figurines carved in faience, wood, burned clay, limestone and mud brick were also unearthed.

The discovery was carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission led by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, director general of antiquities in Upper Egypt's Luxor Province.

The 3,500-year-old tomb at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near Luxor contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts", CNN reported.

Egypt's ancient relics are a draw for tourists and authorities hope new finds can also help attract more visitors.

Ancient Egyptian goldsmith's tomb discovered near Luxor