Zahi Hawass, the Minister of State for Antiquities in Egypt, announced the opening on his website on May 22. Since Egypt’s revolution that ousted president Hosni Mubarak, tourism has faltered, and Egypt’s tourism minister has forecasted a 25 percent drop in tourist revenue for 2011.
The seven tombs are located in South Saqqara, about 19 miles (30 km) south of Cairo. All seven tombs date to the New Kingdom, a period that encompasses the 16th century B.C. to the 11th century B.C.