Egypt beerman find is something to celebrate

8th Jan 2014

Holidaymakers on city breaks to southern Egypt with a thirst for archaeology can find tailor-made holidays in Luxor.

Excavators have found the tomb of a prominent Ancient Egyptian beer brewer who lived there 3,200 years ago.

Khonso Em Heb's tomb, which was unearthed by Japanese archaeologists, has been described as "one of the most important discoveries" made at Luxor's Thebes necropolic site.

Egypt's antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim called Khonso Em Heb the chief "maker of beer for gods of the dead".

Luxor has traditionally delighted tourists as a living, open-air museum of temples, tombs and landmarks on the Nile's banks.

Landmarks include the Winter Palace hotel where crime author Agatha Christie is thought to have penned Death On The Nile.

The Khonso Em Heb find adds to the major archaeological discoveries that have been made around the city.

Only four years ago, the remains of hundreds of ancient sphinxes were found in the region on a ceremonial route known as the Sphinx Alley.

Mr Ibrahim said that the walls of Khonso Em Heb's tomb chambers include "fabulous designs and colours, reflecting details of daily life ... along with their religious rituals".

The tomb features on its walls and ceilings landscapes and eclectic sculptures that "revealed many details of day-to-day life during the ancient Egyptian times", including family relationships and religious rituals.

One sample of artwork depicts Khonso Em Heb making offerings to the gods together with his wife and daughter.

The archaeologists found the site while tidying-up the courtyard of "another tomb belonging to a top official from the reign of King Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty", said Jiro Kondo, leader of the Japanese crew from Waseda University.

The team had been working on the tomb of the grandfather of the notorious boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun.

The newly found tomb will be put under stringent security until the excavation work is finished, the ministry said.

Copyright Press Association 2014


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