God Amun’s Goldsmith Tomb Discovered


A New Kingdom tomb was discovered belonging to god Amun’s Goldsmith, Amenemhat (Kampp 390) and a burial shaft housing the mummy of a lady and her two children.

The discovery was carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission led by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Director General of Luxor, who said that the tomb includes an entrance located in the courtyard of another Middle Kingdom tomb.

The entrance leads to a squared chamber where a niche is found at its end.  Inside is a partly damaged duo sandstone statue depicting the tomb’s owner.  The statue shows Amenemhat sitting on a high back chair beside his wife who wears a long dress and a wig.  Between their legs stands, on a smaller scale, a little figure of one of their sons.

Dr. Waziri pointed out that the tomb has two burial shafts.  The first had been dug to bury the mummy of the diseased and his wife and where a collection of mummies, sarcophagi and funerary masks carved in wood along with a collection of statuettes of the tomb’s owner and his wife were found.  The second shaft is where a collection of 21st and 22nd dynasty sarcophagi were discovered but were subjected to deterioration during the Late Period.

In the courtyard, the mission stumbled upon a group of burial shafts which probably date back to the Middle Kingdom.  In one of them, the mission unearthed a family burial of a woman and her two children.  It includes two wooden coffins and a collection of head rests.

Archaeologist Mohamed Baabash said that during excavations, the mission found several funerary objects, among which are limestone remains of an offering table; 4 wooden sarcophagi partly damaged and decorated with hieroglyphic texts and scenes of different ancient Egyptian deities, and a sandstone duo statue of a trader in king Tuthmose III’s temple named “Mah”. A collection of 150 ushabti figurines carved in faience, wood, burned clay, limestone and mud brick were also unearthed.