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Egypt unveils 'one of a kind' ancient tomb

Egypt announces discovery of 4,400-year-old tomb Egypt discovers untouched tomb in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara
Patty Aguilar | 18 December, 2018, 14:17

A tomb discovered at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, Egypt, belonged to a royal priest known as Wahtye.

"It is exceptionally well preserved, coloured, with sculpture inside".

Tombs were built away from Pyramids and apparently some of the finest tombs can be found in Saqqarah.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said the tomb had been discovered at the Saqqara archaeological site and was from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.

The tomb at the Saqqara necropolis is in good condition and its walls are lined with images depicting the tomb owner, a high priest, and his family, according to Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khalid Al Anani.

The tomb belonged to the Priest of royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named "Wahtye".

The general director of the site, Sabry Farag, said the tomb was about 10 meters (33 feet) long and 3 meters (10 feet) wide, with a basement.

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

"We managed to remove the debris from the tomb's facade, a lintel on top of the tomb's door was revealed, " Waziri was quoted by Egypt Today as saying.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el Enani at news conference at site of discovery on Saturday
Antiquities Minister Khaled el Enani at news conference at site of discovery on Saturday

Archaeologists found five shafts inside the tomb, out of which only one was unsealed and empty.

The discovery is the most recent of more than a dozen in Egypt this year. Through such measures, the local authorities hope to revive the tourism industry, which is considered one of the main sectors of the Egyptian economy, which is now experiencing not the best times due to the threat of terrorist attacks.

"I can imagine that all of the objects can be found in this area, " he said, according to Reuters.

Waziri added: "This shaft should lead to a coffin or a sarcophagus of the owner of the tomb".

More discoveries are expected as further excavations are carried out in January.

Three of those tombs contained mummified cats and scarabs.

"It is the most lovely tomb discovered this year" Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany said at the news conference.

Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters The country hopes the finds will brighten its image overseas and revive interest among travelers.

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