A Japanese archeological team has discovered on Friday an ancient Egyptian tomb of an important beer producer who lived in the pharaonic period in the city of Luxor.
The tomb belonged to Khonso Em Heb, a beer maker who lived around 3,200 years ago. The discovery was “one of the most important made in the city of Luxor… at the Thebes necropolis,” said Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt’s antiquities minister.
The interior design of the tomb includes ceilings landscapes and various sculptures that “revealed many details of daily life during the ancient Egyptian times” including family relationships and religious rituals, according to the international press.
Jiro Kondo, head of the Japanese archeological team from Waseda University, said that the tomb was discovered while cleaning the courtyard of “another tomb belonging to a top official from the reign of King Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty.”
The tomb would be placed under tight security until the excavation work is completed, the ministry said.
Luxor, a city of around 500,000 residents on the banks of the Nile in southern Egypt, is an open-air museum of intricate temples, tombs of pharaonic rulers and landmarks such as the Winter Palace hotel where crime novelist Agatha Christie is said to have written “Death on the Nile”.