Hetpet’s tomb marks the first archaeological discovery of the year for Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry, which plans to continue excavating the site. It follows on the heels of the country’s discovery of a 3,500-year-old tomb in September 2017.
Egypt’s archaeological wonders were an huge economic draw for the country during the 1990s and early 2000s, when international tourism grew from under 3 million visitors to a peak of 14 million in 2010. After that, tourism started to decline, dropping to 9 million in 2015, according to the World Bank.
The government hopes these newly-uncovered tombs will boost the country’s flagging tourism industry. And to that end, the Antiquities Ministry is hoping to continue making newsworthy discoveries. If its succeeds, the result would be not just a boon for Egypt’s economy, but a gift to history-lovers worldwide.