Excavators say they’ve found a previously unknown Egyptian royal tomb in Luxor : NPR

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The Colossus of Memnon, two sandstone statues of Amenhotep III, were seen in Luxor in 2017. Excavators say they have discovered a new ancient tomb in the Egyptian city.

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The Colossus of Memnon, two sandstone statues of Amenhotep III, were seen in Luxor in 2017. Excavators say they have discovered a new ancient tomb in the Egyptian city.

Nariman El-Mofty/AP

A joint Egyptian-British excavation mission in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor has uncovered a previously undiscovered ancient royal tomb, officials said at the weekend.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the find on Saturday in a press release and on social media.

Waziri said evidence suggests the most recent find may be a tomb dating back to the 18 Dynasty of ancient Egypt, which took place between 1550 BC and 1292 BC. It could be the tomb of a royal woman or princess, archaeologists said.

Luxor, a city on the Nile River about 400 miles south of Cairo, is already there home to several notable sites and tourist attractions including the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Tutankhamen, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

The authorities said that the excavators will continue to carry out archaeological work on the site, which was partially damaged by the historic flood water.

Egypt has been publicizing older discoveries in recent years to boost its tourism industry, which is a major source of income for the country’s economy, The Associated Press reported.

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