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Egypt: Ancient tombs and temple restored in Luxor

Egypt, Luxor
September 08, 2019 at 21:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two ancient tombs at the necropolis of Dra' Abu el-Naga' and four chapels at Karnak's Khonsu Temple were inaugurated in Luxor on Sunday, following restoration works. Visitors will now be able to access the sites.

The two restored tombs at the Dra' Abu el-Naga' necropolis date back to the 19th Dynasty and 20th Dynasty. The Khonsu Temple, which provides an example of New Kingdom temple, is believed to have been built by Ramesses III.

The restoration works were carried out by the American Research Centre in Egypt (ARCE) mission and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, with the funding provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Secretary-General of the country's Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri were among the attendees of the inauguration event. ARCE Executive Director Louis Bertini also reportedly attended the event.

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Two ancient tombs at the necropolis of Dra' Abu el-Naga' and four chapels at Karnak's Khonsu Temple were inaugurated in Luxor on Sunday, following restoration works. Visitors will now be able to access the sites.

The two restored tombs at the Dra' Abu el-Naga' necropolis date back to the 19th Dynasty and 20th Dynasty. The Khonsu Temple, which provides an example of New Kingdom temple, is believed to have been built by Ramesses III.

The restoration works were carried out by the American Research Centre in Egypt (ARCE) mission and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, with the funding provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Secretary-General of the country's Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri were among the attendees of the inauguration event. ARCE Executive Director Louis Bertini also reportedly attended the event.

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C/U Interior of Khonsu Temple

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SOT, Mustafa Al Sagheer, General Manager of Karnak Monuments: "Here we are in one of the shrines in the Khonsu Temple, and it shows how great was the ancient Egyptian inscriptions, as we can see. During the Medieval times, the people who lived here in the temple they used the rooms as a place to live. In fact, they were using many kind of firing [tools] like candles, like fire to cook and something like that, and then because of that fire all of these inscriptions were covered by a layer of smoked remains and then in turned all of these walls into a black area."

M/S Interior of Khonsu Temple

M/S Interior of Khonsu Temple

M/S Interior of Khonsu Temple

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C/U Interior of Khonsu Temple

W/S Ramses statue

W/S Exterior of Khonsu Temple

W/S Dra' Abu el-Naga', Luxor

M/S Secretary-General of Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri

M/S Interior of tomb

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SOT, Khaled El-Enany, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities: "Today with the ARCE [American Research Centre in Egypt], USAID, and the American embassy, we are implementing a new project of site management of two tombs of Dra' Abu el-Naga', two [inaudible] tomb of the New Kingdom, Theban Tomb 159 and Theban Tomb 286."

C/U Ancient inscriptions

C/U Ancient inscriptions

C/U Ancient inscriptions

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C/U Ancient inscriptions

C/U Ancient inscriptions

SOT, Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities: "The owner of the tomb we call him 'Raya'. He was the fourth priest of the god Amoun. The most famous scenes inside that tomb, we talk about the daily life scenes, so we can talk about such beautiful colours inside. We can see the great work that we have done now by Egyptian conservators."

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