Monday 23 July 2018

4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo

The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

Wall paintings inside a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo, Egypt (APTN/AP)
Wall paintings inside a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo, Egypt (APTN/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

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 on Saturday and said the tomb is likely to have 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, 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.

Mr Al-Waziri says excavation work is under way for the other tomb.

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