After 3,500 years, an Egyptian goldsmith gives up his secrets

An Egyptian archaeologist restoring a wooden sacrophagus at a newly-uncovered ancient tomb in Luxor. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2017
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After 3,500 years, an Egyptian goldsmith gives up his secrets

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a tomb in the city of Luxor belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago.
The tomb on the West Bank of the Nile River dates from the 18th Dynasty and belongs to Amenemhat, a goldsmith dedicated to the ancient god Amun-Re.
The site consists of a courtyard and niche where archaeologists found a statue of Amenemhat, his wife and their son, as well as two burial shafts.
The first shaft contains a collection of mummies, sarcophagi and funeral masks and figurines. The second shaft contained mummies from the 21st and 22nd Dynasties, about 3,000 years ago.
The discovery was made by an Egyptian archaeological mission led by Mostafa Waziri, head of Luxor Antiquities.
“The ministry promised that 2017 would be the year of excavations, and that’s what we are doing,” he told Arab News.
The statue shows Amenemhat sitting on a high-backed chair beside his wife, who is wearing a long dress and wig. Between them is the small figure of one of their sons.
In the open courtyard, the mummies of a woman and her two children were also unearthed.
During the excavation, the archaeologists found several jewelry and funeral objects, some of which belong to the tomb owner, Waziri added.
The latest discovery came after six years of excavation, and Waziri said there was more to discover in the necropolis area on Luxor’s west bank.
Saturday’s announcement will boost Egypt’s slowly recovering tourism industry by attracting tourists to explore the newly found ancient relics.
Dr. Yousef Khalifa, Egypt’s former head of antiquities, told Arab News: “Luxor alone has one-third of the world’s ancient monuments and visitors will enjoy exploring the the newly found ancient Egyptian relics.
“The museum there works on presenting and renewing its display for visitors who appreciate such finds.”


Harry and Meghan start 1st official tour as family in Africa

Updated 23 September 2019

Harry and Meghan start 1st official tour as family in Africa

  • On Monday they are spending the first day of their 10-day, multi-country tour in Cape Town
  • The royal couple’s visit also will focus on wildlife protection, entrepreneurship, mental health and mine clearance

CAPE TOWN: Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are starting their first official tour as a family with their infant son, Archie, in South Africa.
On Monday they are spending the first day of their 10-day, multi-country tour in Cape Town, visiting girls’ empowerment projects and former residents of the District Six community. The vibrant mixed-race community was relocated from the inner city during South Africa’s harsh period of apartheid, or white minority rule.
The royal couple’s visit also will focus on wildlife protection, entrepreneurship, mental health and mine clearance — a topic given global attention by Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, when she walked through an active mine field during an Africa visit years ago.
Harry later will break away for visits to Botswana, Angola and Malawi.