Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo

4,400-year-old tomb discovered

EGYPTIAN archaeologists are hailing the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters Saturday that the tomb was built for Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth, Ireland's RTE reported.
The tomb was discovered during excavation work in Giza's western cemetery by a team of Egyptian archaeologists led by Mostafa Al-Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The cemetery houses tombs of top officials from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 BC), and that several have already been dug up since 1842, according to RTE.

Inside the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings on the Giza plateau in Cairo
Inside the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings on the Giza plateau in Cairo

"The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings in a very good conservation condition depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or ... receiving offerings from her children," the Antiquities Ministry said.

Al-Waziri said the scenes depict a monkey - at the time commonly kept as domestic pets - reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra.

Al-Enany said the new tomb includes "a purification basin on which are engraved the name of the tomb's owner and her titles".

"A German expedition had found in 1909 a collection of antiquities carrying this lady's name, or a lady who has the same name, and these antiquities were moved to the Berlin museum at the time," he said, according to RTE.

"And 109 years later, we find this tomb that carries Hetpet's name."

This story first appeared on Fox News.



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