Egypt announces discovery of 4400-year-old tomb

Egypt announces discovery of 4400-year-old tomb

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old-tomb which was the final resting place for a high priest.

Excavations continued, and after removing the debris from the tomb's façade, a lintel on top of the tomb's door was revealed, inscribed with three hieroglyphic lines: the name and different titles of the owner, who was the royal purification priest, the supervisor of King Nefer-Ir-Ka-Re and the inspector of the holy boat.

The tomb was found at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara and dates back to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

The general director of the Saqqara archaeological site, Sabry Farag, said that the uncovered tomb houses a rectangular hall about 10 meters long from north to south, 3 meters wide from east to west, and about 3 meters high, with a basement at the end of the tomb.

The find was described by an official as "one of a kind in the last decades", and is located in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo.

One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, but the other four were sealed.

Egypt announces discovery of 4,400-year-old tomb

The tomb has only partially been uncovered and officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months early next year and even as early as tomorrow.

The drawings are particularly well preserved, the ministry said in announcing the discovery.

'The colour is nearly intact even though the tomb is nearly 4,400 years old'.

Ancient Egyptians mummified humans to preserve their bodies for the afterlife, while animal mummies were used as religious offerings.

In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archeological finds to global media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more tourists to the country. The country is hoping to revive its tourism industry, which has suffered due to political turmoil and violence in the wake of the 2011 revolution that ousted the authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak.

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