New Tomb Discovery East of TT110 Find us
On the 2nd of March 2015 the ARCE Archaeological and Conservation Project in Luxor discovered the entrance to a previously unknown tomb while clearing the courtyard associated with the tomb of Djehuty (TT10). Paintings on the walls indicate that it belongs to Amenhotep, also known as Rebiu, doorkeeper of the god Amun, and likely dates to the prosperous 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom (between 1543 and 1292 BC).
By the 10th of March we came across a second tomb whose entrance also comes off the same courtyard as both Djehuty and Rebiu and appears to belong to an individual named Samut.
ARCE is very proud of its partnership with the Ministry of Antiquities, which led to this finding, especially that the discovery was made by a team of Egyptian archaeologists who had received archaeological field training funded by USAID/Egypt and provided by ARCE and Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA). The same Egyptian team has also served as instructors to their colleagues in recent archaeology field schools offered by ARCE through funds from USAID/Egypt. Graduates of the archaeological and conservation field schools conducted through several projects hold positions within the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt.
There is considerable painted decoration remaining in both tombs, although the tomb paintings are not completely intact. In one tomb, the names of the tomb owner (a doorkeeper of Amun) and his wife have been erased because they were compounded with the name of the god Amun (the tomb owners being Amenhotep and that of his wife, likely Satamen).
A second tomb, found just days later, is located next to the Tomb of Rebiu. This tomb owner is named as Samut and there are scenes with his wife Tak-haeet. Samut was the son of Rebiu. It is likely that both tombs date to the Eighteenth Dynasty of the New Kingdom.
ARCE's work in Luxor is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
ARCE Press Release (3/10/2015)
ARCE-USAID Statement (3/6/2015)
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