The huge tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. REUTERS/Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities
The huge tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in
Luxor. REUTERS/Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities
Remains of about 50 mummies, including newborn babies,
thought to belong to the 18th Pharaonic dynasty have been found
in a huge tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in Luxor,
Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim says.
Wooden coffins and death masks were found beside the bodies,
probably dating from the New Kingdom, state news agency MENA
quoted Ibrahim as saying, referring to Egypt's 18th, 19th and
20th dynasties between about 1567 and 1085 BC.
According to initial studies of the find, princes and
princesses were among the bodies found in the tomb, which had
been raided in previous eras, MENA reported.
The discovery was made by a Swiss team from the University of
Basel working with the Egyptian government.
Antiquities are vital to Egypt's tourist trade but, beset by
insecurity and political chaos in the three years since the
Arab Spring, the country has failed to secure ancient sites
and stop theft from museums, mosques, stores and illegal