An old 3,500,000-year-old tomb was built for goldsmiths Amenemhata and his wife, Amenhotep, discovered at the ancient Dra' Abu al-Naga cemetery in Luxor, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities released a few days ago at a press conference in Luxor
The remains of several mummies, wooden coffins, skeletons, pottery and small statues were found in the tomb, all depicted in photographs shared by the Ministry with the public. Jewelry and figurine figurines – who worked the deceased's job in the afterlife – were also found in the tomb, officials said.
The couple lived in the 15th century BC, during the 18th district, which is part of the period of Egyptian history that contemporary scholars call the New Kingdom, said Egyptian minister of antiquity Khaled El-Enany during the press conference. During the New Kingdom, Egypt was united under one Pharaoh, and Egypt's power was on the rise.
The tomb was re-used during the 11th and 10th centuries BC, during the 21st and 22nd Dynasty, the period that contemporary scholars call the Third Transition Period, El-Ehany said at a conference. Egypt was united throughout the Third Transitional Period; sometimes there were some Libya groups in the country.
Excavations inside the tomb are in progress, and more discoveries are likely to be released next month, said El-Enany.
Tomb was discovered by a team of Antiquities Ministry under the leadership of Mostafe Wazirija, head of department at the Ministry in Luxor. The Wazir's team discovered the tomb of a judge at the Dra 'Abu el-Naga necropolis in April. Waziri believes he will find four more tombs near the goldsmith's grave. "If we continue to dig, we will find four more tombs in this area," Waziri said. "Wish us luck."
Amenemhat's tomb is another tomb found this year that belongs to the Egyptian goldsmith. In June, the public was informed about a tomb that belongs to an Egyptian goldsmith at Sai Island, in the area of today's Sudan.