Untouched 4400-year-old tomb discovered in Saqqara, Egypt

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The grave was found on a buried ridge, which may help explain why it ran away from looters

Egyptian officials discovered on Saturday that a well-preserved 4,400-year-old tomb, in which archaeologists found the “one of a kind” of the royal priest and his family in Egypt.

The tomb was unearthed in Saqqara, a city in the south of Cairo, and in a large necropolis from ancient Egypt.

According to Egypt’s antiquities minister, Khaled al-Anani, the discovery comes from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the fifth dynasty BC. From 2,500 BC It ruled for less than two centuries until 2,350.

According to Reuters, the secretary general of Egypt’s antiquities supreme council, Mostafa Waziri, said the tomb was intact.

Waziri’s close proximity to perfection has made him a “species in the past decade”.

Sculptures of pharaohs and others in the tomb of Wahtye. Credit … Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

The tomb, which is about nine meters high and 32 meters wide, has been under excavation since November. While the walls were decorated with colorful hieroglyphs and pharaoh sculptures, the sculptures of the buried priest and his family were placed in the tomb.

In total, there were 45 sculptures in the grave.

Authorities suggested that when the excavation of five shafts begins, including sarcophagi of the coffin or priest, more objects of archaeological significance will be discovered. The study is expected to start in January.

Egypt has had no recent archaeological discovery: Among other finds, a 2000-year-old, perfectly closed sarcophagus was unearthed in July; a well-known nun tomb was found in February; and the tomb of a royal jewelery was discovered last September.

There were a total of 45 sculptures in the grave. Credit … Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

Thousands of years ago, Saqqara, home to the famous Step Pyramid, where the latest tomb was found, was the cemetery for Memphis, the capital of the Old Kingdom, a necropolis.

In modern times, when archaeologists began to bring the dead of the city back to light, large crowds admired its famous pyramids and the remains of an amazing ancient civilization.

However, visitors have not been flocking to the same numbers since the 2011 uprising against then President Hosni Mubarak. Political problems and subsequent bomb attacks and terrorist attacks have made the country an unattractive place for holidaymakers.

Authorities hope the discoveries will help re-brand Egypt’s image as a tourist destination

Ancient Egyptians often carved sculptures on grave and temple walls
Colorful wall scenes depict the high priest owner with his family


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