4400-year-old Egyptian tomb unearthed

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.

The news came during a press conference held by the Minister in the Giza plateau where the details of the new archaeological discovery in the Western Cemetery area west of the Great Pyramid (Khufu) were announced in the presence of Giza Governor Mohammed Kamal el-Dali, and foreign ambassadors and officials of the Antiquities Ministry.

The tomb has distinguished and well-preserved wall paintings depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes and also sitting before a large table receiving offerings from her children.

The new Grand Egyptian museum is expected to be opened later this year.

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.

This site, in Giza's western cemetery, housed officials from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty, some of which have already been dug up since 1842.

Waziri says excavation work is underway for the other tomb. The first scene shows a monkey taking fruit, while the second one shows another monkey dancing while musicians play instruments.

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He said: 'This is a very promising area.

Mostafa Al Wazir, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inside the tomb of a woman named Hetpet from the 5th dynasty in Egyptian history, on February 3, 2018.

In January, Egypt placed the ancient statue of one of its most famous pharaohs, Ramses II in the museum.

In a statement announcing the discovery, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said the tomb's architecture and decorative style date back to the Fifth Dynasty during the period known as the Old Kingdom.

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.

  • Megan Austin