Egypt Opens Three Tombs to Generate Tourism Interest
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In a report from The Associated Press, Egypt has announced plans to open three historic tombs to the public, the most significant being that of Huy, Viceroy of Kush under the famed King Tutankhamun. The archeological site features elaborate historical wall paintings.
John Darnell of Yale University talked about the importance of Huy’s tomb, “The tomb also shows Huy receiving the seal of his office, and other unparalleled details regarding the administration of Egypt's most important foreign holdings. In many ways the tomb of Huy gives us one of the most detailed and colorful glimpses into the interactions of Egyptians and Nubians during the high noon of imperial Egypt.”
As for the other two tombs opened, they are known as “Tomb TT 277 of Amunemonet, a priest in the funerary temple of Amenhotep III, and Tomb TT 278 of Amunemhab, who was the keeper of the cattle belonging to the temple of the god Amun Re.”
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty explained that the three newly opened tombs are found in the Qurnat Marey area of Luxor, and they were constructed for nobles over 3,000 years ago during the New Kingdom period.
The opening of the tombs on Thursday was part of the Egyptian government’s plan to highlight new archaeological sites to encourage tourism.
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