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Egypt announced the discovery of a 3,500-year-old tomb in Luxor

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Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed a previously undiscovered tomb that belonged to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty, authorities announced Saturday.

The tomb was discovered in the southern city of Luxor near the west bank of the Nile River.

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities said although the tomb was not in good condition, it contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts."

EGIPTO-TUMBA ANTIGUA
La foto del sábado 9 de septiembre de 2017 muestra cráneos hallados en una tumba de la época faraónica perteneciente a un orfebre que vivió hace más de 3.500 años, durante la 18va dinastía. La tumba se encuentra en la margen occidental del Nilo cerca de Luxor, en un cementerio reservado a nobles y altos funcionarios. (AP Foto/Nariman El-Mofty)

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani identified the goldsmith as Amenemhat.

Archaeologists told CNN the tomb had two burial shafts, one of which was likely reserved for Amenemhat and his wife Amenhotep. The mummies of a woman and her two adult children were discovered in a separate burial shaft.

Experts said these mummies could help shed light on their lives and the diseases they were suffering from when they died.

"This is not the end. This will lead to more discoveries in the future," Mostafa Al-Waziri, who led the team of Egyptian archaeologists who unearthed the tomb, told CNN.

Al-Waziri said the clue that helped lead his team to this tomb came from another 3,500-year-old tomb that was discovered in April.

Egypt Goldsmiths Tomb
Skulls found in the New Kingdom tomb that belongs to a royal goldsmith are illuminated in a burial shaft, in Luxor, Egypt, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Egypt has announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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