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A 3,000 Year-Old Goldsmith


Hailed as the year of archeological discovery, 2017 has been good to Egyptologists everywhere. The most recent discovery of Egypt’s relentless excavations lies buried within the Draa El-Naga necropolis. Eight meters beneath the surface near the Valley of the Kings is a burial chamber containing skeletons, funerary artefacts, four wooden sarcophagi, jewelry and funerary cones. Its original inhabitant was a goldsmith named Amenemhat from around 1500 BC, the time of Tutankhamun, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut. The tomb contains passages to other tombs with contents dating back as far as 2000 BC, making it a true archeological gem. Moreover, 40 of the 50 funerary cones discovered actually belong to other nobleman whom are now believed to be buried within close proximity. More significant discoveries are expected within the coming months that may shed light on one of Ancient Egypt’s most noteworthy eras.