Five Tombs Discovered in Luxor
Archaeologists unearth five ancient tombs on Luxor's west bank.
Five tombs have been found hewn from the rock on the northern side of Amenhotep II’s temple by a team of Italian archaeologists. Each of the tombs consists of a shaft leading to a burial chamber containing a wooden sarcophagus. Twelve Canopic jars made of mud brick and sandstone were also found. Such jars were made to hold the organs of the deceased for use in the afterlife. "It's a very important discovery that highlights the importance of King Amenhotep II's temple years after the pharaoh's death," said Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim. He told Ahram Online that King Amenhotep II also had a tomb in the Valley of the Kings that housed a collection of royal mummies discovered in 1882. King Amenhotep II was the seventh pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. He inherited a vast kingdom following the death of his father, Thutmose III, and held it by means of several military campaigns in Syria.
His reign witnessed the end of hostilities between Egypt and Mitanni, the two major kingdoms struggling for power in Syria.
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