Two ancient tombs and temple restored in Luxor

US-backed project for site conservation

11 September, 16:55

    CAIRO - A months-long restoration has been completed of two ancient tombs of the Dra Abu El-Naga complex and four chapels of the Khonsu Temple of Karnak in the Egyptian city of Luxor. There restoration was done by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and Egypt's antiquities ministry with 35 million Egyptian liras provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

    The project is part of a plan to restore 8 chapels in the Khonsu Temple, 4 of which have now been completed, through training schools for the over 300 employees of the antiquities ministry. The first tomb (TT159) belongs to 'Raya' from the 19th Dynasty, an official known as the fourth prophet of Amun, and his wife Mutemwia. The second tomb (TT286) dates back to the 20th Dynasty and belongs to 'Niay', the Scribe of the Table, according to writings on the walls of the tomb. On the chapels, restorers repaired clings and the architraves and walkways were installed to facilitate access to the temple for visitors.

    At the inauguration ceremony in Luxor, taking part were US charge d'affaire Thomas Goldberger, Egyptian antiquities minister Khaled El-Enany and Luxor governorate advisor Mustafa Alham. The event served as an opportunity to complete conservation activities and training in the sites. Goldberger underscored that the US will continue its efforts in the country with the antiquities ministry and that programs of this type create jobs.

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