Antiquities Ministry: 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered Outside Cairo

Antiquities Ministry: 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered Outside Cairo

Saturday, 3 February, 2018 - 12:30
A child poses for a picture past a discovered statue in a Cairo slum that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, March 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry announced Saturday.

The ministry said the tomb likely belonged to a high-ranking official known as Hetpet during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt. The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archaeological mission, said the scenes depict a monkey — at the time commonly kept as domestic animals — reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra.

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.

Waziri said excavation work is underway for the other tomb.

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