11 January 2013

Egypt: Pharaonic Tomb Dating Back to 3rd Intermediate Era Discovered in Luxor

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced that a tomb dating back to the 3rd Intermediate Period (1075-664 BC) was unearthed in Luxor's west bank of the Nile.

In statements on Thursday 10/01/2013, the minister said the new tomb was discovered by an Italian archaeological mission, led by Angelo Sesana, inside the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep II, the 7th Pharaoh of Egypt's 18th Dynasty.

The Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep II is located north to the fabulous Ramesseum Temple in Luxor's west bank, the minister noted.

The 18th Dynasty of ancient Egypt (1550-1291 BC) is perhaps the best known of all the dynasties of ancient Egypt.

As well as boasting a number of Egypt's most famous pharaohs, it included Tutankhamun, the finding of whose tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 was a sensational archaeological discovery.

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