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Tomb of 18th Dynasty Scribe Amun-Neferhotep in Luxor Will Be Opened

The tomb is over 3,300 years old, dated to around 1325 BCE.

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The tomb of an 18th dynasty scribe in Luxor - dated to around 1325 BCE - is set to be open to visitors.

As the scribe to Amun, the ancient god of sun and wind, the tomb reflects the prestigious position of its owner, with multiple chambers, a hall and a worship area. The tomb is arranged on an East-West axis, an architectural decision made by those who dug it over 3,300 years ago to aid passage of the dead to the afterlife, aligning their spirit with the sun.

The level of preservation of the tomb represents its high heritage value, with many of the details in the wall drawings and reliefs still intact and legible. The decorations are also indicative of changes in funerary practices and traditions, providing important evidence in the timeline of ancient Egypt. The representation of Amun within the tomb is incredibly detailed, pointing to the very high position of the person buried there.

Restoration has been carried out on various parts of the tomb, where the burning of mummies had damaged the paintings on the walls and ceilings, and the tomb is now ready to be opened to the public.