(Xinhua) -- As the world celebrated the World
Heritage Day, Egyptian archaeologists in Upper Egypt’s Luxor
brought to light a fantastic funerary collection of a New
Kingdom tomb, including mummies and ushabti figurines: a
discovery highly praised by Egyptian and foreign archaeologists
Under the cliff of an ancient hill
that embraces a number of Pharaonic tombs on the west bank of
the Nile, Egyptian archaeologists unearthed a tomb dating back
to the 18th Dynasty that belongs to an official in
Luxor, the city that embraces one-third of the world’s
antiquities including the super-famous King Tut’s tomb.
“We found hundreds of items inside the
tomb. We found more than 1,000 ushabti statues, many
coffins and many other objects,” Egyptian Minister
of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany told reporters while
touring the tomb.
The minister added more items are
expected to be found in the tomb soon as excavation
works are still ongoing.
“This discovery is important as it
shows that we have many hidden treasures everywhere
in Egypt. This will definitely encourage tourists to
come back in big numbers,” the minister said.
As one of the most ancient
civilizations, Egypt has been hard at work to preserve
its archaeological heritages.
Also, in an attempt to revive the
country’s ailing tourism sector, which has suffered from
an acute recession in the past few years due to
political turmoil and security issues, Egypt is keen to
uncover the Pharaohs’ archaeological secrets as well as
other ancient civilizations throughout the history of
Meanwhile, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, head of
the archaeological mission in Luxor told Xinhua that the
T-shape tomb, which contains priceless treasures, is a
typical prototype of a nobleman’s burial place.
“The tomb consists of an open court
leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and then
into an inner chamber. It belongs to the city’s
counselor Userhat,” he said as he observed
excavators working inside the tomb.
Carried out by 30 to 40 Egyptian
workers and excavators, the discovery has also grabbed
the attention of many foreign archaeologists who believe
that the finding is highly important for both its
archaeological and historical value.
“It is a very good job; the excavation
is very well done at a very low cost. I’m very
impressed by it indeed,” Lawrence Arens, a British
archaeologist working for a mission in Egypt’s Delta
region, told Xinhua as he watched Egyptian colleges
working inside the tomb.
LUXOR (Xinhua) --
A newly restored colossus statue of king Ramses II is
unveiled at the Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt on April
18, 2017. Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has conducted
a comprehensive restoration work on a colossus statue of
king Ramses II that once decorated the facade of the
first pylon of the Luxor Temple. During the fourth
century AD, the colossus was damaged by a destructive
XINHUA PHOTO: AHMED GOMAA
He said it is not only about the
condition and the value of the discovery, but “it will also
tell us about things that we did not know previously by
giving us information about the lifestyle of people living
in that period.”
Revealing such a great discovery was
not an easy mission for the excavators who spent time and effort
to unearth these great finds.
Workers had to remove almost 450 cubic
meters of debris from the open court to reach the entrance.
Surprisingly, two other entrances leading to two joint tombs
were also found.
“We do not know who the owners of
these two tombs were, but we will start working on these two
tombs once we are done with Userhat tomb,” Waziri said.
Inside the rectangular hall, a
well-preserved wooden coffin, decorated with colored scenes, was
unearthed and a nine meters deep shaft was uncovered.
Inside the shaft, the mission has
located two rooms; one on the eastern side where a collection of
Ushabti figurines, wooden masks and a handle of a sarcophagus
lid was unearthed, while the second one is located on the
western side but has not been completely excavated.
The corridor of the tomb leads into an
inner chamber where a cachette of sarcophagi is found. It houses
a collection of sarcophagi from the 21st Dynasty with
mummies wrapped in linen.
A collection of Ushabti figurines
carved in faience, terracotta and wood were also unearthed as
well as another collection of clay pots of different shapes and
Such a discovery is really important
not only because of its value but also because it was done by
“I’m very proud that this entire job
has been done by Egyptians,” Waziri proudly said.