Japanese archaeologists have made a notable discovery as they have uncovered a tomb of a person who was apparently the beer brewer to the ancient Egyptian pharaohs in the famed temple city of Luxor, this announced by Egypt’s minister of antiquities. The tomb is reportedly more than 3,000 years old, and depicted on its walls are landscapes and diverse sculptures of the life of the owner of the tomb.
The tomb belongs to Khonso Em Heb, a brewer of beer for the pharaohs who lived around 3,200 years ago. This is “one of the most important archaeological discoveries made in the city of Luxor,” said Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt’s antiquities minister. The depictions on its walls and ceilings show glimpses of Egyptian life at that period. Ibrahim said that the inscriptions on the “revealed many details of daily life during the ancient Egyptian times” including family relationships and religious rituals. One specific piece of artwork shows Khonso Em Heb – whom early Egyptian records also show as the head of the royal storehouses during the time of the pharaonic dynasty of Rameses – making his offerings to the gods. The artwork also shows his wife and daughter with him.
Jiro Kondo, head of the Japanese archaeological team, said that this particular tomb was discovered while doing excavation work on another nearby tomb, that one belonging to Amenhotep III, grandfather of the famous boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun. Egyptian authorities say that the excavation site will be placed under tight security until all the archaeological work is completed. Luxor is one of Egypt’s famous Nile cities and historical tourist attractions. The whole city is practically an open-air museum, which showcases temples and tombs of pharaonic rulers and other historical landmarks.
[via Raw Story]