Egypt unveils four,400-year-old tomb of historical priestess
05 February, 2018, 06:14
"We know of course that she was a high official and that she had a strong link with the royal palace", Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said, describing Hetpet on Saturday.
The wall paintings inside were in "a very good conservation condition depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or... receiving offerings from her children".
Other scenes also depict a monkey - in pharaonic times, monkeys were commonly kept as domestic animals - picking fruit. In December, Egyptian archaeologists unveiled two ancient tombs in the southern city of Luxor.
Al-Waziri believes there are other ancient artifacts waiting to be uncovered near the site.
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.
He said: 'This is a very promising area.
"We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb".
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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.
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. "This is the first archeological discovery in 2018 but it will not be the last, it is expected that we will announce a new archeological discovery in the upcoming few weeks", recounted Anany.
In January, Egypt placed the ancient statue of one of its most famous pharaohs, Ramses II, in the museum's atrium, which will hold 43 massive statues.
Archeologists were able to say the tomb was from the Fifth Dynasty because it presented the architectural tomb style tomb, the decorative paintings, some colorful murals, and the L-shaped entrance, all of which are characteristic of that era.
The country hopes these findings will help draw more tourists.
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