Egypt unearths 3000-year-old tomb in southern city

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities says American archaeologists have discovered a 3000-year-old tomb with beautifully painted walls belonging to a nobleman who guarded the temple of the ancient deity Amun.

Tuesday’s statement says the tomb, found near the southern city of Luxor, dates back to the New Kingdom of the 18th Dynasty - the most famous of ancient Egypt dynasties. The nobleman’s name was Amenhotep.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damaty says the tomb contains “stunning scenes with bright colors” painted on the walls. He says the scenes depict the tomb owner and his wife in front of an offering table, as well as scenes of daily life, such as hunting.

The ministry says the tomb was discovered by the American Research Center’s team. It gave no date for the discovery. (source)

Two sections of Sphinxes Avenue in Luxor to open

After five years of restoration the first and fifth Sphinxes Avenues, which once connected both Karnak and Luxor temples in ancient times, are to be opened tomorrow night for the first time.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty is to cut the ribbon to open a new tourist destination in the town. He told Ahram Online that the restoration of the Sphinx Avenue and installing new lightening and security systems in Luxor temple came within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to protect the country’s ancient shrine.

Eldamaty explained that the development of Luxor’s temple lighting and security systems is a part of a Spanish grant of 150 million euros used for the implementation of a scheme to protect every archaeological site in Theban so they can be visited at night and be well-protected. Read more.