Royal tomb from Thutmosid period discovered on Luxor’s West Bank

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 14 Jan 2023

The joint Egyptian-British archaeological mission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and the New Kingdom Research Foundation discovered a royal tomb while working in the Western Valley of the Theban Mountain on Luxor’s West Bank.

Royal tomb


The tomb is located in Valley C, one of the western valleys, just below the so-called Neferure’s cliff-tomb.

"Current examination on the ceramics and fragmentary inscriptional evidence recovered so far [indicates] it is the tomb of several members of the royal family of the Thutmosid period of the 18th Dynasty," said Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the SCA.

The 18th Dynasty lasted from 1550 to 1292 BC.

More studies will reveal more about the secrets of this unknown tomb and its architectures and its halls, Waziri said, adding that so far only a rock cut staircase, two corridors and one partly painted chamber have been uncovered.

Piers Litherland, head of the mission from the British side, said that current studies indicate that this tomb has been badly damaged by flooding that occurred in antiquity and which has almost completely blocked the tombs and its inscriptions with debris.

"It will take many months to investigate," he added.

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