Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector، Mahmoud Afifi، revealed Wednesday 12 archeological tombs in Aswan، southern Egypt.
Afifi said the discovered tombs date back to the modern state، particularly the eras of Kings Thutmose III and Amenhotep II.
The scientific excavations were conducted by the Swedish University of Lindh headed by Dr. Maria Nelson and Dr. John Woord.
The Ministry of Antiquities seeks to improve tourism in Egypt to support the national income.
On Monday، the ministry officials received four artifacts previously smuggled to the US.
Shaaban Abdel-Gawad، general supervisor of the Department of Antiquities، explained that the ministry had succeeded in December last year to prove ownership of these pieces in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Over the past year، the ministry of antiquities managed to recover dozens of artifacts smuggled abroad.
On Sunday، Egypt announced it had adopted an ambitious campaign to attract tourists through preserving its archeological heritage.
This comes within the state efforts to overcome the drop in the number of tourists as well as the country’s economic crisis that followed the 2011 uprising.
Tourism made the backbone of Egypt’s economy in the recent years.
However، tourist sector in the country has suffered a lot after a Russian passenger plane crash in late October، 2015 over Sinai، killing all 224 onboard.