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Tomb of chief beer-maker discovered in Egypt's Luxor

The tomb of goddess Mut’s head of beer production was discovered today in Al-Khokha area on Luxor’s west bank

Nevine El-Aref , Friday 3 Jan 2014
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A Japanese mission from Waseda University uncovered the tomb of Khonso-Im-Heb, who was the head of beer production for goddess Mut and the head of the galleries during the Ramesside era.

The discovery occurring during routine cleaning work carried out at the frontcourt of tomb number TT47, which belongs to a top official in the reign of the New Kingdom king Amenhotep III.

The tomb of Khonso-Im-Heb is T-shaped with two halls and a burial chamber. It is also connected to an unfinished tomb of an as-yet unidentified person called Houn.

Jiro Kondo, head of the Japanese mission, said that the tomb is well preserved and is fully painted with scenes depicting the tomb’s owner with his family members and in front of different ancient Egyptian deities.

Scenes of the “Open Mouth” ritual also figures on one of the tomb’s wall while the ceiling is decorated with geometrical paintings with vivid colours. A solar boat is depicted at its core.

Minister of State of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that security has been tightened around the tomb until the completion of the excavation works there. He said that a comprehensive restoration would be carried out after it is fully excavated to allow visitors.

inside the chief beer-maker tomb
Colored inscriptions inside the newly discovered tomb of the chief beer-maker in Luxor, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic Website)

inside the chief beer-maker tomb
This image released by the Supreme Council of Antiquities shows colored inscriptions on a newly discovered tomb in Luxor, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 (Photo: AP)

inside the chief beer-maker tomb
Scenes of the “Open Mouth” ritual inside the newly discovered tomb of the chief beer-maker in Luxor, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic Website)

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