4400-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt

05 February, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a more than 4,000-year-old tomb near the famed Giza Pyramids just outside the capital Cairo.

The "Hetpet" tomb features "very distinguished" and well-preserved wall paintings depicting "Hetpet" standing in hunting and fishing scenes, or receiving offerings from her children.

This site, in Giza's western cemetery, housed officials from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty, some of which have already been dug up since 1842.

For his part, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the tomb of the priest Hatbet probably is not the main tomb of the priest, as it is made of mud bricks with a mortar layer. The famous Egyptian archeologist Zahi Hawass has previously discovered a group of ancient Egyptian tombs in this area.

The tombs most likely belong to two notable figures from Egypt's 18th dynasty pharaohs, who ruled some 3,500 years ago.

The tomb was unveiled to the media yesterday and officials hope it will give a boost to Egypt's faltering tourism industry.

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"We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb".

"What we see above the earth's surface in Egypt doesn't exceed 40 percent of what the core holds", Al-Waziri told The Associated Press. Fragments of artefacts belonging to her were found in the same area in 1909, and were moved to a museum in Berlin at the time, Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anani said.

Minister Anani said he was hopeful of further discoveries at the site, which is located about 20km (12 miles) south of Cairo. "This is the first archeological discovery in 2018 but it will not be the last, it is expected that we will announce a new archeological discovery in the upcoming few weeks", recounted Anany.

The newly discovered tomb of Hetpet has the architectural style and the decorative elements of the Fifth Dynasty with an entrance leading to an L-shaped shrine with a purification basin.

Egypt hopes the inauguration of the new museum, along with the recent discoveries, will draw visitors back to the country.

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