Archaeologists find 3,500 year old golden jewelry in Egyptian tomb

March 12th, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, March 12 (ANI): Archaeologists in Egypt have found ancient golden jewelry in the tomb of a senior official who died about 3,500 years ago.

According to a report by the Voice of America, ancient golden jewelry found in a pharaonic era tomb thought to belong to a senior official under Egypts most powerful queen Hatshepsut, on the west bank of the Nile river in Luxor, Egypt.

Culture and antiquities officials said that an excavation team found five golden earrings and two rings in the tomb of the state treasurer who served during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut.
The walls of his burial chamber are decorated with texts from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Archaeologists made the discovery while digging in Luxor, along the banks of the Nile River. Luxor is one of Egypts most popular tourist sites.

It is famous for the Valley of the Kings, which contains several pharaohs tombs.

Earlier this month, Egyptian officials announced that Egyptian and European archaeologists in Luxor had discovered two statues of an ancient pharaoh.

According to Egypts archaeology chief Zahi Hawass, those statues were of King Amenhotep III, who also ruled about 3,500 years ago. (ANI)

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