During excavation work carried out by a Spanish excavation mission at Draa Abul Naga necropolis on the west bank at Luxor, a rock hewn tomb of a top governmental official of the eleventh dynasty was accidently uncovered.
José Galán, head of the Spanish team, explained that the tomb was found by chance during excavation work carried out in seven burial shafts from the seventeenth dynasty at the western court of Djehuty’s tomb in Draa Abul Naga.
Djehuty was the overseer of works at Thebes during Queen Hatshepsut’s reign and his tomb, located in 2003, was filled with unique architectural designs and decorative scenes, as well as artefacts from different dynasties piled haphazardly inside.
Objects dating back to the seventeenth and eleventh dynasties were also found and in 2008, a Spanish team found an eleventh dynasty tomb that contained a well-preserved red coffin and the mummy of a man named Iqer.
Bows and arrows were placed nearby, suggesting that Iqer might have been a warrior.
During the excavation work at one of the shafts, the team stumbled upon a 20 metre long corridor hidden within the shaft’s walls. The corridor led to the newly discovered tomb.
The tomb includes a square shaped burial chamber with a collection of side chambers which have not yet been excavated.
The newly discovered tomb could provide fresh insights into the dynasty that ruled in Luxor, the modern site of the city of Thebes, which was then the capital of ancient Egypt. This discovery confirms the presence of many tombs from the eleventh dynasty in the Draa Abu Naga region.
Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian section at the Ministry of Antiquities says that although the tomb was originally dated to the eleventh dynasty, it could be have been reused as a hiding place for mummies during the seventeenth dynasty, as the human remains and the clay pots found inside the tomb are from that period.
“It is a very important discovery that could reshape the list of rulers of Luxor during the ancient Egyptian era,” Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said.