Funny this comes right on the heels of the news that they sentenced 583 members of Muslim Brotherhood to death. Maybe it’s their way to let the west know that the Egyptian tourist industry is open for business again after the recent unpleasantness. I have to wonder whether this major discovery is just a ‘RESET’ of a previous excavation for PR purposes. Our archaeologists do this too. Like the recent ‘discovery’ of the same Caucasian mummies found in north central Asia that had already been featured in Natural History magazine 15-20 years ago.
The current head of antiquities wants to raise admission prices, *and* encourage tourism, which cratered when Morsi and fellow thugs took over. Unless they build a tourist-only commuter rail from the airport to the most popular sites (that would be Giza, Luxor/Karnak, KV), and perchance a world class high-rise hotel (at the KV, or maybe overlooking Lake Nasser from the east, to enjoy a view of the Abu Simbel temples), it’s hard to believe it will happen. They have to spend some money to attract some money, and the money they spend has to contribute to the security of the visitors.