Priestess tomb from 4400 years ago uncovered in Egypt

Feb 06, 2018, 14:25
Priestess tomb from 4400 years ago uncovered in Egypt

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced on Saturday the discovery of a tomb likely to have belong to a high-ranking female official named Hatbet from ancient Egypt dating back to the fifth Dynasty (4,400 years ago), described as the "priest of the goddess Hathor".

The enclosure, which is made of mud brick, is decorated with paintings of Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

"Scenes of reaping fruits, melting metals, and the [making] of leather and papyri boats, as well as musical and dancing performances, are also shown on walls", Waziri told Ahram Online.

He believes Hetpet, a woman thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals, had another tomb in Giza's western necropolis, which is home to the tombs of top officials of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

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Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, led the mission that discovered the tomb. The famous Egyptian archeologist Zahi Hawass has previously discovered a group of ancient Egyptian tombs in this area. The discovery, first of the year from Egypt, gives more insights into the ancient life of Hetpet whose name was first found on ancient antiques unearthed from the same site. "We expect to find more", Al-Waziri said, according to the AP.

The mystery was discovered in Giza, Egypt, yesterday.

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

The minister said he was looking forward to further discoveries at the site, which is located about 20km (12 miles) south of the capital.

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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.

The new Grand Egyptian museum is expected to be opened later this year.

The tomb, which can be dated back to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom or High Empire (2650-2100 BC), is decorated with paintings that show ancient Egyptian life from almost 4,000 years ago.

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