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4000-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt


Although this is not the first discovery of its kind in Egypt, the archaeological team stressed the importance of it given the peculiarity of a non-noble woman being buried alone.

It likely belonged to a woman known as Hetpet, who archaeologists believe was close to ancient Egyptian royals of the 5th Dynasty.

The enclosure, which is made of mud brick, is decorated with paintings of Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

Waziri added that there are also scenes of two monkeys on the walls of the tomb.

The first phase of Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to be opened later this year while the grand opening is planned for 2022. Another scene shows a monkey dancing before an orchestra.

"Such scenes are rare. and have only been found previously in the [Old Kingdom] tomb of "Ka-Iber" where a painting shows a monkey dancing in front of a guitarist, not an orchestra", Al-Waziri said.

On the walls of the tomb, there are depicted musical and dancing scenes, and also two monkeys, which were the favorite domestic animals of that epoch.


"This is a very promising area".

The tomb was found during excavation work carried out in the Giza West Field's cemetery, which houses tombs of the Old Kingdom's top officials and was discovered by previous archaeologists back in 1842. We expect to find more.

"What we see above the earth's surface in Egypt doesn't exceed 40 per cent of what the core holds".

The newly discovered tomb of Hetpet has the architectural style and the decorative elements of the Fifth Dynasty with an entrance leading to an L-shaped shrine with a purification basin.

Al-Waziri believes there are other ancient artifacts waiting to be uncovered near the site.

The archaeological mission was lead by Egypt's secretary general of antiquities, Dr. Mostafa Wazir.

Egyptian authorities are trying to revive the tourism industry, which is still reeling from the political turmoil and violence that followed the 2011 Arab Spring uprising against longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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