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Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 18 - 06 - 2009

During excavation work at the Tombs of the Nobles on Luxor's West Bank an Egyptian archaeological mission has stumbled upon what it believes is the tomb of Amen-Em-Epet, Supervisor of Hunters during the reign of the monotheistic Pharaoh Akhnaten, reports Nevine El-Aref
The rock hewn 18th Dynasty tomb consists of an open courtyard and two halls, one square, the other rectangular. It has a deep shaft where the mission unearthed the remains of mummies, funerary seals and fragments of pottery vessels. In the court, says Mustafa Waziri, director-general of Luxor's West Bank inspectorate, another shaft was discovered containing a well preserved mummy that may belong to the tomb's owner.
The walls of the tomb had been covered with a black substance, and it had clearly been reused on a number of occasions. Yet when a section of the wall was cleaned, says Waziri, it revealed beautiful decorations.
Zahi Hawass, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), told Al-Ahram Weekly that the mission had located two further undecorated tombs at the north western side of Epet's tomb, one containing seven funerary seals bearing the name Amenhotep-Ben-Nefer, the Supervisor of the Cattle of Amun, the other seals with the name of Eke, Royal Messenger and Supervisor of the Palace. Fragmentary remains of unidentified mummies have also been found, as well as a collection of Ushabti figures.

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