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Ancient, 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb With 'Stunning Scenes' Discovered

Ancient, 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb With 'Stunning Scenes' Discovered

"Deliberately damaged in ancient times"

CAIRO (TheBlaze/AP) — Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says American archeologists discovered a 3,000-year-old tomb with beautifully painted walls belonging to a nobleman who guarded the temple of the ancient deity Amun.

Tuesday's statement says the tomb, found near the southern city of Luxor, dates back to the New Kingdom of the 18th Dynasty — the most famous of ancient Egypt dynasties. The nobleman's name was Amenhotep.

"The tomb contains many stunning scenes with bright colours painted on plaster," Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty said in a statement, according to Reuters. "Many of scenes represent the tomb owner and his wife in front of an offering table and a view of a goddess nursing a royal child as well as scenes of the daily life."

The ministry says the tomb was discovered by the American Research Center's team, but it gave no date for the discovery.

Unfortunately, Reuters noted that the tomb showed evidence of vandalism.

"[It] was deliberately damaged in ancient times," Sultan Eid, the ministry of culture's general director in the Upper Egypt region, said according to Reuters. "The name and titles of the tomb owner, some hieroglyphic texts and scenes in addition to the names of the god Amun were deliberately erased."

(H/T: Washington Post)

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