The Minister of State for Antiquities Affaires announced the discovery of the tomb of Khunsu- em- Hp, chief of magazines and brewers for the goddess Mut. The tomb is situated at the Thebes Cemetery on the West Bank in Luxor.
The new archaeological find was discovered by the WASEDA Mission from Japan University and is considered to be important because of the very well preserved wall paintings. The colourful drawings depict many details of ordinary life and the nature of family relationships and religious ceremonies of ancient Egypt.
The newly discovered tomb contains scenes of the owner of the tomb with his wife Mut- em- Hp and his daughter Is- At- Kha during ancient practices. One depicts the family as they stand together during a famous religious ritual during funerals in Pharaonic Egypt known as “the ritual of the opening of the mouth.” Another wall displays the chief of the beer makers and his wife worshiping Anubis and Osiris.
The ministry has issued a directive to strengthen the security of the tomb until all the architectural elements are uncovered. After this process a plan for restoration where needed will be put in place to open the tomb for public viewing, making the discovery not only an important historical find but also valuable as a tourist attraction.
The head of the WASEDA Mission stated that the tomb was discovered during the cleaning operations of the front court of tomb TT.47, which belongs to an important official from the reign of King Amenhotep III. The newly found tomb is built in a T-shape and is connected to another, unfinished tomb which was being built for a person named Hun.