Famous Egyptian dynasty tombs unearthed in Luxor

A team working near the historic city of Luxor has found two ancient tombs.

IANS| Last Updated: Mar 14, 2015, 18:11 PM IST

London: A team working near the historic city of Luxor has found two ancient tombs.

Both tombs feature astonishing murals, which are believed to date back to the 18th Dynasty of the Egyptian New Kingdom - the most famous of ancient Egypt dynasties.

This means the tombs were likely created sometime between 1543-1292 BC, Daily Mail reported.

The first tomb belonging to Amenhotep, guard of the temple of Egyptian deity Amun, was discovered in the southern city of Luxor by an American research team, Egypt's antiquities ministry said.

The tombs were found earlier this month near the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna dig site, situated at the feet of the Theban mountains, between the famed valleys of the Kings and Queens over the town of al-Qurna.

The photographs distributed by the ministry showed a tomb with bright green and brown paintings with hieroglyphics with murals that depict both celebrations and everyday activity, and despite their age are still remarkably vibrant and colourful.

Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a statement that the tombs do sadly appear to have been looted at some point and the sarcophagi containing the bejewelled mummies were missing.

"The tomb contains many stunning scenes with bright colours painted on plaster," Eldamaty was quoted as saying.

"Many of scenes represent the tomb owner and his wife in front of an offering table and a view of a goddess nursing a royal child as well as scenes of the daily life," he added.

The second tomb is believed to be that of Sa-mut and his wife, Ta-Khaeet.