Egyptian authorities have recently discovered an ancient tomb near Luxor in Egypt. According to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, it contains “mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts.”
The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis is believed to be over 3,500 years old. According to Mostafa Al-Waziri, the man who led the team that made the discovery, the tomb belonged to a goldsmith, Amenemhat, and his wife, Amenhotep.
CNN was the first media outlet to be given access to the tomb on the day of the announcement.
An uncovered entrance in the area lead to a chamber where a semi-damaged sandstone statue of Amenemhat and his wife stood. Between the couple is a figure of their son. “The daughter, or as they used to refer (to daughters) ‘the precious,’ is usually the one pictured in this place. If the family have no daughters, they would take their daughter-in-law. It is unusual to see the son,” said Waziri.
Experts have stated that the mummies shed a lot of light on the aspects of ancient Egyptian life as well as the diseases that they were suffering from.
Additionally, archaeologists discovered the mummies of a woman and two children in another burial shaft. Back in April, the team discovered another 3,500 year-old tomb in the same area, leading them to continue searching. A statue, believed to have originally been about 30 feet tall, was also discovered in March of this year.
“This is not the end,” said Waziri. “This will lead to more discoveries in the future.”