3,000-Year-Old Tomb of Royal Scribe Uncovered in Egypt
Archaeologists say they’ve discovered the 3,000-year-old tomb of a royal Egyptian scribe in the vast necropolis at ancient Thebes.
Richly decorated with images of gods, baboons and mortals alike, the burial chamber dates back to the Ramesside period, around 1200 B.C.
The ruins of Thebes — in modern-day Luxor — span both banks of the Nile River in Upper Egypt. The east side was the domain of the living, home to the city proper and sprawling temple complexes like Karnak. The west side, meanwhile, was mostly reserved for the dead, with a necropolis that included the Valley of the Kings, where royal Egyptians were buried during the New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.). [5 Big Archaeology Stories to Watch for in 2017]