Cropped image of the 3,500-year-old tomb. Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tomb Revealed by Experts

An ancient tomb that dates back some 3,500 years has been excavated by archaeologists. The tomb belongs to a time when Pharaohs Akhenaten and Tutankhamun ruled over Egypt.


Egyptian archaeologists have reported the discovery of an ancient tomb near Luxor, which is believed to date back to around 3,500 years ago, and likely housed the Pharaonic remains of rulers of the Eighteenth Dynasty. The tomb was excavated by experts from Egypt and the United Kingdom on the western bank of the Nile River. It is where the famous Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings meet, according to Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. According to initial statements, what experts have identified so far seems to indicate that the tombs can be traced back to the Eighteenth Dynasty rule of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun.

Eighteenth Dynasty

The Eighteenth Dynasty comprises a group of pharaohs who ruled Egypt between 1575 and 1295 B.C. This era is considered the maximum splendor of the Pharaonic civilization and a moment of significant territorial expansion. It also marks the beginning of a period called the New Kingdom of Egypt. Piers Litherland of Cambridge University, head of the British fact-finding mission, said the tomb could be that of a royal wife or a princess of the line of Thutmose. In the meantime, his Egyptian colleague explains that the interior of the tomb was in very bad shape and that part of it, including inscriptions, was destroyed during ancient floods that filled the burial chambers with sediments of sand and limestone.

Archeological excavations in recent years

Egyptian archeologists and colleagues from different parts of the world have revealed several significant archaeological discoveries in recent years. Many of these were made at the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo. Saqqara is home to what experts believe is the first Egyptian pyramid, the so-called Step Pyramid of Djoser. However, not all is great despite the many discoveries. Critics say this burst of excavations has prioritized finds that have been shown to attract media attention over academic research. This would respond to Egypt’s attempts to revive its vital tourism industry, whose crown jewel is the long-delayed opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum at the foot of the pyramids.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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