A 4400-year-old Tomb Was Just Discovered In Egypt

Saul Bowman
February 5, 2018

An Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered an Old Kingdom tomb of a lady named "Hetpet", who is assumed to have been a top official in the royal palace during the end of the Fifth Dynasty, according to information released by Egyptian authorities on Saturday.

Now that the group has found the tomb of Hetpet, they'll continue excavating the site to discover other hidden ancient artefacts that may reveal crucial things about the Egyptians who lived during the Old Kingdom or the prosperous era that during which the pharaohs rules and several pyramids and ancient structures were constructed.

The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings in a wellconserved condition depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or sitting before a large offering table receiving offerings from her children.

On the walls of the tomb, there are depicted musical and dancing scenes, and also two monkeys, which were the favorite domestic animals of that epoch.

The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza's western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom.

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 ministry said the archaeological mission behind the discovery began excavation work last October.

He said: 'This is a very promising area.

'What we see above the earth's surface in Egypt doesn't exceed 40 percent of what the core holds'.

Minister of antiquities Khaled El-Enany during a press conference at the tomb in Giza's western cemetery unveiled the details of this discovery.

The area of the latest discovery is close to a new museum under construction that will house some of Egypt's most unique and precious artifacts, including many belonging to the famed boy King Tutankhamun.

This counts as the first archeological discovery in the year 2018.

Waziri told Egyptian media that the tomb has the decorative elements and the the architectural style of the 5th Dynasty.

In December, Cairo and Moscow signed a security protocol and announced plans to resume Russian flights to the Egyptian capital, due to start this month.

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