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Four tombs of ‘Royal Butlers’ open to public in Luxor

Saturday، 14 May 2016 - 12:43 PM

 Four tombs of Royal Butlers of ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom (1,580B.C.-1,080B.C) were opened to public on Friday after their renovation has been completed, Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany said in a statement.


Located in the west bank of Luxor, “one of the tombs belong to Djehuty; the Royal Butler under the reign of both ancient Egypt’s powerful female Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Tuthmosis III,” said Anany.


Located at Sheikh Abdel Qurna area in the west bank of Luxor, the T-shaped tomb is typical of the 18th Dynasty and has a pillared hall and a burial shaft, the minister added.


“The restoration of Djehuty tomb, which began in 2012, was carried out in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID.) It required a lot of work because the tomb was found in poor condition,” according to Anany.


The other three tombs, located at Deir El-Medina, belong to Imn Nakht, Nebenmaat and Kha’Emteri who held the same title of ‘Servant in the Place of Truth’ during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II (1,279B.C.-1,213B.C.,) said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egypt Antiquities Department at the Antiquities Ministry.

“The tombs share the same entrance, corridor and ante-chamber which are branched out into three burial chambers with a mud brick chapel in each,” said Afifi.


The restoration of Deir El-Medina three tombs was implemented in collaboration with the French Institute for Oriental Studies, he added.

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