4000-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

4400 year-old tomb of top pharaoh official discovered in Egypt

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced on Saturday the discovery of a tomb likely to have belong to a high-ranking female official named Hatbet from ancient Egypt dating back to the fifth Dynasty (4,400 years ago), described as the "priest of the goddess Hathor".

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

Mostafa Al Waziri who led the archeological mission told CBC how Hetpet might also have another tomb In Giza western necropolis.

According to Egyptian authorities, the tomb was found during excavation work carried out in Giza western cemetery, which houses tombs of the Old Kingdom.

It was found during excavations near the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt's antiquities ministry says.

The mission that found the tomb is one of a "dozen", according to the LiveScience story, so be prepared for similar discoveries over the next 12 months. The tomb was discovered in October 2017 and that's when they started to dig deep to get as much information and history as possible. The discovery, first of the year from Egypt, gives more insights into the ancient life of Hetpet whose name was first found on ancient antiques unearthed from the same site.

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

A museum is now under construction in Giza and will feature many precious artefacts, including some belonging to the legendary king Tutankhamun. The finding marks the first discovery to be announced in 2018, Ahram Online, an Egyptian news organization, reports.

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.

The government has tightened security around archaeological and tourist sites and spent millions of dollars to upgrade airport security, especially following the 2015 downing of a Russian airliner by ISIL, killing 224 people on board.

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