Egypt unveiled a well-preserved 4,400-year-old tomb colorfully decorated with hieroglyphs and statues in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on Saturday
Dec. 15, 2018
The tomb belongs to “Wahtye” a high priest who served during the reign of King Neferirkare Kakai of the 5th Dynasty (between 2500-2300 BC).
Officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months. Four of the tomb’s five shafts have yet to be unsealed, meaning there could be more treasures to be discovered.
The tomb was found in a buried ridge at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. It was untouched and unlooted, Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters at the site.
He described the find as “one of a kind in the last decades”. The walls are decorated with hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs.
One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, but the other four were sealed.
They are expecting to make discoveries when they excavate those shafts starting on Sunday, he said. He was hopeful about one shaft in particular.
A queen’s pet gazelle was readied for eternity with the same lavish care as a member of the royal family. In fine, blue-trimmed bandages and a custom-made wooden coffin, it accompanied its owner to the grave in about 945 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photograph by Richard Barnes
the mother of Ahmose I. The fly symbolized tenacity, this ceremonial necklace given as award for valor in battle. Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty, ca. 1580-1550 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
The statue was excavated in 1894 in the tomb of king Hor that was found by a team of excavators under the direction of Jacques de Morgan. The tomb is located north of the pyramid complex of Amenemhat III at Dahshur.
rare life-size wooden statue
of king Hor Awibre has the hieroglyphic symbol for the Ka two raised arms above his head, emphasizing its purpose.
The king wears a tripartite wig that emphasizes his ears, and a long false beard. His eyes are made of bronze, rock crystal and white quartz, producing a very realistic effect.
Middle Kingdom, 13th Dynasty, ca. 1777-1775 BC. The statue is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.