Princess Tomb found and excavated!

SAN JOSE, CALIF. – An uncovered tomb belonging to a female royal from the 18th dynasty has been found and excavated last Saturday at Luxor, Egypt near the westbanks of the Nile. 

The tomb is 3,500 years old. The 18th dynasty of Egypt spanned from 1550 BC to 1292 BC. Inscriptions suggest the tomb likely was constructed during the joint-rule of Thutmose III and Hatshepsut. Ceramic evidence also found at the site suggests the same. 400 miles south from the capital, the tomb is believed to belong to a queen or princess of royalty. Excavation is ongoing. The damage caused by floods and debris has the inscriptions partially damaged. The ceilings of the tomb are partially caved in. 

The tomb was unearthed by a group of Egyptian-British archeologists, the group having relations to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and to Cambridge University. The tomb layed close to where the Valley of Kings was unearthed, where kings and their families in the 18th dynasty were buried. The tomb is said to hold a royal of Thutmosid lineage.

“It will take several seasons to clear the chambers and make the tomb safe,” says the team in a statement made to the public. The architecture implied several renovations were made shortly after the construction of the tomb. The tomb contains multiple burial chambers. The exact number of deceased bodies is not clear. The tomb is considered a cemetery.  

The tomb was first stumbled upon in Oct. 2022. The discovery was made during the exploration of Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud. The discovery was just made public, Jan. 14, 2023. 

Running along the west banks of the Nile, Luxor was once known as the ancient city of Thebes, the former capital of Egypt spanning from the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom era. The period of which Orisis was the most important deity in popular religion. Luxor is now known for its richness in olden excavation sites; The Valley of Kings, Luxor Temple, Hatshepsut’s Temple, etc.

Sculpture of co-ruler Hatshepsut. Time of the tomb construction. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

With more tourists visiting for the new craze, the revival of a major source of foreign income is put into place. Previously this month, a group of Spanish archeologists discovered the site where 60 deceased bodies lay for burial. “Can I have the stuff in her tomb?” says Megana Nimmagadda, a junior in Silver Creek High School.

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