Aerial photo of the Valley of Apes in Luxor - Press photo
CAIRO - 10 October 2019: The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced a new archaeological discovery in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Apes on the western mainland of Luxor.
The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that the discovery removes the ambiguity surrounding the fate of a tomb belonging to the wife of the Golden Pharaoh King Tutankhamun.
Egyptologist Francis Amin said research has been going on in this region for nearly 100 years to research the era of Amenhotep III, a historically rich period.
The western shore in Luxor consists of numerous ancient Pharaonic tombs, most of which belong to the 18th Dynasty of the Modern Pharaonic State.
The valley of Thebes (now Luxor) was the capital of the state at the time. It is divided into the eastern valley and the western valley or the Valley of Apes.
The Valley of the Apes is a closed area west of Luxor, similar to the Valley of the Kings in its topography and geography. It is surrounded by mountain ranges from three directions, the south, east and west.
As for the Western Valley, this name was appointed to it after the discovery of the tomb of King Ai. The tomb was discovered by Giovanni Belzoni in 1817. Belzoni carved his name and the date of the discovery on the door of the tomb to honor and immortalize his work.