Latest discoveries in Luxor

Amal Chatterjee
3 min readOct 20, 2019


Source : Karnak temple in Luxor

During our recent visit to the Luxor Valley of the Kings where we saw some of the crypts of Kings and saw the temple of Hatshepshut , we never imagined that soon some wonderful discoveries near the temple will take place. We were told that a new discovery will be announced because the ground penetrating radar in one site had revealed man made chambers underground that needed to be excavated to know more.

But near the temple some one noticed a painted head half buried in sand that led to the latest discovery of 30 mummies in perfect state of preservation that were found at a depth of only a few feet. They are yet to be identified so the process goes on.

The experts believe that there may be more such mummies buried nearby at the same location within the perimeter of the famous temple of Queen Hatshepshut in Luxor.

I present to you five extraordinary videos here but the most important of the discoveries in Egypt no doubt is the finding of Tutankhamun’s burial site by Howard Carter in 1922.

We had the opportunity to visit his crypt and his mummy but the treasures have been taken to the National Museum of Cairo.

  1. Discovery of 30 ancient coffins in Luxor

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2. Discovery of 30 mummies in Luxor

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3. Discovery of 3000 year old tomb

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4. Story of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb

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5. Biggest and most important discoveries in Egypt

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Egypt is an exciting country where new discoveries of its ancient past are common that shed light on its civilization believed to be at least 5000 years old. The old dynasty that built pyramids and elaborate burial crypts for their kings and queens found it difficult to protect them because they were looted by thieves no matter how difficult to reach . So later dynastic rulers started to bury their kings and queens in deep underground crypts in the valley of the kings and the queens in Luxor among other places where every trace of the access to the crypts was carefully erased to protect them from looting.

The best example of the unlooted crypt is that of King Tutankhamun in the valley that we saw where the mummy of the king is still in display but many such crypts have been found in the valley where important kings and queens have been buried in some of the most elaborate crypts deep underground.

The access tunnels and stairs that lead to the crypt are painted in hieroglyphs of dazzling colors that have remained vibrant and fresh as if painted recently but are thousands of years old. The colors were preserved because the entry points were carefully covered and hidden so no sunlight could penetrate them . It was not meant to be seen by any mortal so the royalties could sleep in peace for eternity but the discoveries have opened up the crypts for the tourists or anyone that may endanger the beautiful paintings on the walls. Efforts are being made to protect them with glass walls and a ban of flash photography. The soft ambient lights are provided as well.

No one knows what awaits there because new and very exciting discoveries are being made by the archaeologists there just like the recent findings near the Hatshepshut temple in Luxor. With the modern tools and technology available today, we can expect to hear more of such discoveries in Egypt.

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