A major discovery at Draa el-Naga in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings has provided Egyptologists with new insights in to the 18th dynasty.
This new discovery is the tomb of Amenemhat, a goldsmith from the 18th dynasty (approximately 1550 BCE to 1292 BCE). However, archeologists have discovered that the tomb was actually reused during the third intermediate period (1070 BCE to 664 BCE) in Egyptian history. The tomb contains skeletons, 50 funerary cones and, jewellery.
This full effect of this discovery will takes years as Egyptologists now begin the task of interpreting the findings. The funerary cones belong to other officials of the time period whose bodies have not been found, suggesting that there could be more findings in the area. Within the tomb itself, there has also been plenty of poetry discovered as well, which will provide insight into the religious practices of the time period.
Draa el-Naga has been excavated off and on since 1921. Previously, the site was known for being the home of the mortuary complex of Amenhotep I and his wife Nefertari, the Pharaoh and his wife from the 18th dynasty.