4 tombs of ‘Royal Butlers’ open to public in Luxor after renovation completed
Burial Chamber at one of four tombs of Royal Butlers opened to public in the west bank of Luxor. Antiquities Ministry Facebook page.

CAIRO: Four tombs of Royal Butlers of ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom (1,580B.C.-1,080B.C) period Pharaohs were opened to public Friday after their renovation work have been completed, the Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany announced in a statement.

Located in the west bank of Luxor, “one of the tombs belong to Djehuty; the Royal Butler under the reign of both ancient Egypt’s powerful female Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut and Pharaoh Tuthmosis III,” said Anany.

Located at Sheikh Abdel Qurna area in the west bank of Luxor, the T-shaped tomb is typical of the 18th Dynasty and has a pillared hall and a burial shaft, he added.

“The restoration of Djehuty tomb, which began in 2012, was carried out in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID.) It required a lot of work because the tomb was found in poor condition,” according to Anany.

The other three tombs, located at Deir El-Medina, belong to Imn Nakht, Nebenmaat and Kha’Emteri who held the same title of ‘Servant in the Place of Truth’ during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II (1,279B.C.-1,213B.C.,) said Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egypt Antiquities Department at the Antiquities Ministry.

“The tombs share the same entrance, corridor and ante-chamber which are branched out into three burial chambers with a mud brick chapel in each,” said Afifi.

The restoration of Deir El-Medina three tombs was implemented in collaboration with the French Institute for Oriental Studies (IFAO,) he added.

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