- The Egyptian government has announced that Spanish archaeologists have found ancient golden jewelry in a pharaonic-era tomb that belonged to a senior official under Egypt's most powerful queen who ruled the country some 3,500 years ago.
Egyptian Ministry of Culture said in an e-mailed statement that the team found five gold earrings and two gold rings that could have probably belonged to Djehuty, the overseer of treasury, who supervised works under Queen Hatshepsut in a newly discovered burial chamber.
The statement said the tomb was located on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor, a southern Egyptian city famous for its Valley of the Kings and other ruins from pharaonic times.
According to local reports, the tomb had been looted, and its gates were engraved with text from the "Book of the Dead," which Egyptians believed would be needed in the afterlife.
“The chamber, the second in the tomb, is the fourth dating to this period that has been found with painted walls,” the statement said.
The Madrid’s National Research Center Jose Galan and his team have been excavating at the site in Dra Abu El-Naga on the west bank of Luxor since 2002 and discovered a 3-meter shaft inside Djehuty’s tomb at the end of the 2008 archaeological season.
The new burial chamber was discovered earlier this year, the statement said.
Queen Hatshepsut, was one of the few women to rule Egypt from 1479 BC to 1458 BC.
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