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4,400-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt

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A ‘one of a kind’, untouched for 4,400 years tomb of a royal purification priest, has been discovered in the Saqqara pyramid complex in the south of Cairo, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said the tomb belonged to a priest known as “Wahtye” from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs.

Al-Anani said in a statement that inscriptions suggested the priest had served during the reign of King Nefer-Ir-Ka-Re and was the king’s supervisor and inspector of the holy boat.

The tomb was about 10 meters (33 feet) long and 3 meters (10 feet) wide, with a basement.

Al-Anani said the tomb’s walls were filled with colorful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named Wahtye, with his mother, wife, and family.

Some 50 niches inside the bomb also contained colored statues carved in rock, including of a person standing or in the scribe position,

Mostafa Waziri, head of the excavation mission, said his team had reached the tomb in November but that it had taken time to enter the sealed doors. The team has found drawings of the manufacture of funeral furniture, wine, pottery making, hunting, sailing, and musical events. Waziri said the tomb also contained five burial shafts, which will be the subject of further excavations

Today archaeologists start excavating the tomb to find more discoveries including the prist’s sarcophagus.

 

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