Old Kingdom style tomb for woman discovered in Egypt's Giza

Feb 05, 2018, 00:45
Old Kingdom style tomb for woman discovered in Egypt's Giza

"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, unveiled to the media on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time), is made of mud brick and includes wall paintings in good condition depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

On the walls of the tomb, there are depicted musical and dancing scenes, and also two monkeys, which were the favorite domestic animals of that epoch.

The tomb was found during excavation work in Giza's western cemetery, which houses tombs of top officials from ancient Egypt's Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 BC).

There are similar paintings that were found in other tombs, including the funerary chamber of "Jnoum Hetep II", of the Twelfth Dynasty discovered in Beni Hasan in the province of Minia, and in that of the "Ka Empire" in Saqara, south of Cairo.

The ministry said the archaeological mission behind the discovery began excavation work last October.

Archaeologists discovered a 4,400-year-old burial-place or Tomb, close to the pyramids on the outskirts of Egypt's capital, Cairo.

He said: 'This is a very promising area.

The tomb was built for Hetpet, the priestess of the goddess of fertility, Hathor, admitted the Minister Khaled al-Anani during a press conference that detailed the discovery. "We expect to find more", Al-Waziri told reporters at the site.

"In ancient Egypt, it was uncommon for a woman to to be buried separate from her husband". However, they did not find any mummy there.

Waziri said her main tomb is believed to be in the same area as the new discovery.

The first phase of Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to be opened later this year while the grand opening is planned for 2022.

Representing one of the most ancient civilizations, Egypt has been working hard to preserve its archaeological heritage.

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

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