Two new tombs, one containing a mummy, have been discovered near the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and the Valley of Kings.
The opening of the tombs was announced during an global meeting in which many important figures were present, such as the governor of Luxor, the minister of social solidarity, the director-general of the worldwide Monetary Fund, members of the global media, foreign ambassadors, members of parliament, and Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany. Tourism was hit hard by extremist attacks and political turmoil after the 2011 uprising.
"All the worldwide and local media today came to witness this great moment", he said.
The owners of the two newly excavated tombs have not been identified, but they were probably important (or they wouldn't have had tombs), and the grave goods and decorations offer clues as to when the bodies were interred. The artifacts found inside were mostly fragments of wooden coffins.
The ministry said one tomb has a courtyard lined with mud-brick and stone walls and contains a six-yard burial shaft leading to four side chambers.
Both tombs were given special numbers by German archaeologist "Frederica Kampp" during the 1990s, the minister told reporters during the opening ceremony of the tombs.
The wall inscriptions and paintings suggest the tomb belongs to era between the reigns of King Amenhotep II and King Thutmose IV, both pharaohs of the 18th dynasty, officials said.
'Studies reveal that the tomb was reused in antiquity, ' it said.
The second has five entrances leading to a central rectangular hall off which two burial shafts were constructed. He speculates that the tomb could possibly belong to a person named Djehuty Mes, as this name is inscribed on one of the walls. The owner may also be a scribed named "Maati", because his name and his wife's name, "Mehi", are also inscribed on dozens of cones in the tomb. It shows a scene with a seated man offering food to four oxen, with the first kneeling in front of the man, who is giving it herbs.
"The ceiling of the chamber is inscribed with remains of hieroglyphic inscriptions and the cartouche of King Thutmose I", Waziri said.
The mission uncovered 100 funerary cones, painted masks, 450 statues carved in different materials and a small box shaped like a coffin.