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4000-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

4000-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo, Press TV reported. This site in Giza's western cemetery has been dug up since 1842.

"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" shape shrine with a purification basin", according to a statement by Ministry of Archeology.

The tomb, found near Cairo is adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings depicting the priestess, Hetpet, in a variety of scenes.

A few paintings also reveal monkeys, one dancing and other picking fruit from a basket, in the scene. The first scene depicts a monkey collecting fruits and the other a monkey dancing with a band. 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.

He said: 'This is a very promising area. "We expect to find more", Al-Waziri told reporters at the site. "We have removed between 250-300 cubic metres of layers of earth to find the tomb".

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

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Hetpet is a known figure in Egyptian antiquity although her mummy has not been discovered. Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the discovery Saturday.

The priestess, shown in scenes of hunting and fishing, is believed to have been close to ancient Egyptian pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty.

The area of the latest discovery is close to a new museum under construction that will house some of Egypt's most unique and precious artifacts, including many belonging to the famed boy King Tutankhamun.

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

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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