Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany, in cooperation with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), inaugurated two archaeological tombs located at Draa Abul Naga area in Luxor governorate after the completion of their restoration.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the American ambassador to Cairo Thomas Goldberg, key figures at the Antiquities Ministry, Luxor Governorate and commanders of the governorate’s security directorate.
The two tombs consist of TT 286 (for Niay who was the Scribe of the Table) and TT 159 (for Raya who was the Fourth Prophet of Amun)
Although the tombs were robbed of many of their wall paintings, many beautiful painted surfaces still remain. Both tombs have received conservation and stabilization treatments.
The ministry is also set to open a temporary exhibition at Luxor Museum on Sunday.
The ministry invited local and foreign media outlets to participate in the opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition will include a collection of antiquities discovered in the region of Assasif, where a number of archaeological discoveries have been made recently.
In 2018, the Egyptian-American archaeological mission in the Assasif region held a similar exhibition to display the findings of the mission’s excavations in the region, which included the canopic pots of Lady Aminardis, which were used for mummification.
The Assasif area is located on the western mainland of Luxor, close to the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, South of Draa Abul Naga cemetery within the group of Thebes cemeteries.
According to the official website of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Assasif cemetery includes a collection of individual graves, most of which date back to the 18th, 25th and 26th Dynasties. Moreover, some tombs spanning back to the 5th Dynasty were discovered, and the area was used as a royal cemetery in the second half of the 11th Dynasty.