On Thursday Egyptian official announced the discovery of a new 3500-year-old tomb of a soldier on the West bank of Luxor, in the Draa Abul Naga Necropolis.
The tomb an Egyptian soldier Shed Sou Djehuty was unveiled on Friday to celebrate the World heritage day. It is considered to be the biggest rock-cut tomb ever unearthed in the ancient city of Thebes, officials said.
“It is the biggest ‘saff’ tomb to be ever discovered in the Theban necropolis,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Shed Sou Djehuty, a nobleman likely to have served under King Thutmose I, who reigned between roughly 1506–1493 BC.
A local archeological team under the supervision Waziri- The Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities discovered the tomb after removing the debris that was accumulated as a result of foreign excavations some 200 years ago.
The rock-cut, or ‘saff’ tomb, was discovered after eight months of excavation. It covers an area of 550 square meters and contains 18 entrances.
Several senior government officials including the country’s prime minister Mostafa Madbouly and governor Luxor attended the unveiling ceremony.