4000-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

An Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered an Old Kingdom tomb of a lady named "Hetpet", who is assumed to have been a top official in the royal palace during the end of the Fifth Dynasty, according to information released by Egyptian authorities on Saturday.

The tomb is thought to have belonged to "Hetpet", a high-ranking female official, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced.

According to the statement, wall paintings are in a very good conservation condition "depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or sitting before a large offering table receiving offerings from her children".

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.

Archaeologists began excavating the site last October, but didn't reveal their findings to the public until Saturday, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

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The tomb was unveiled to the media yesterday and officials hope it will give a boost to Egypt's faltering tourism industry.

"We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb".

Hetpet is a previously known figure in Egyptian antiquity though her mummy has not been discovered yet.

Minister Anani said he was hopeful of further discoveries at the site, which is located about 20km (12 miles) south of Cairo.

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This counts as the first archeological discovery in the year 2018.

In January, Egypt placed the ancient statue of one of its most famous pharaohs, Ramses II at the museum's atrium, which will include 43 massive statues.

The tomb, which can be dated back to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom or High Empire (2650-2100 BC), is decorated with paintings that show ancient Egyptian life from almost 4,000 years ago.

Egypt hopes the inauguration of the new museum, along with the recent discoveries, will draw visitors back to the country.

The bombing dealt Egypt's vital tourism sector a hard blow after Russian Federation suspended flights to and from Egypt.

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Russia suspended flights to and from Egypt after the bombing, but Russian flights to Cairo are due to resume this month after the two countries signed a security protocol in December.

  • Ryan Wade