It’s November 2018, and in the Egyptian Assasseef valley close to Luxor, archaeologists have made an incredible discovery. The team have uncovered two sarcophagi within the depths of a tomb that is thought to be around 3,500 years old. And after opening these stone coffins, they find something astonishing: impeccably preserved remains.
Thanks to the myriad of archaeological wonders found there, Luxor has been dubbed the “world’s greatest open-air museum.” That’s largely down to the fact that it stands upon the ruins of the Ancient Egyptian city once known as Waset.
And Waset – which was referred to as Thebes outside the kingdom – was once Egypt’s capital. The city was at the height of its significance during the eras known as the Middle Kingdom – spanning roughly 2050 B.C. to 1710 B.C. – and the New Kingdom, which is thought to have lasted from around 1570 B.C. to 1069 B.C.