|3,500-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt|
|Tuesday, 17 March 2009|
A tomb decorated with 3,500-year-old paintings has been discovered in Luxor by a Spanish Egyptologist
The person was in the service of the 18th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut, the
most powerful female pharaoh and who ruled for 21 years from 1479 to
The burial chamber of about 3.5 square meters (37.6 square feet) and 1.5 meters (five feet) high, is one of the first to have been entirely decorated with paintings from the era, said the Spanish Egyptologist who made the discovery, Jose Manuel Galan.
Archaeologists in 2007 identified a mummy found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor about a century ago as that of Hatshepsut, who declared herself pharaoh after the death of her husband and half-brother Tuthmosis II and was known for sporting a false beard and dressing like a man.
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