Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo

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3rd February, 2018 07:33:06 printer

Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo


Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.


Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery Saturday and 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, reports AP..


Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archaeological mission, says 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.


Al-Waziri says excavation work is underway for the other tomb.