Newly Discovered 4,000-Year Old Egyptian Tomb Excites Archaeologists

4,000-Year Old Egyptian Tomb

This is one major archaeological discovery in the deserts of Egypt, officials revealed a beautifully well-preserved tomb with inscriptions and colorful decorations dating from more than 4,000 years ago.

The tomb, near Saqqara, a large, ancient burial ground in Egypt south of the capital of Cairo, belonged to a senior official named Khuwy who is believed to have been a nobleman during the Fifth Dynasty, a period spanning the 25th to the 24th century BCE.

“The L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber with painted reliefs depicting the tomb owner seated at an offerings table,” said Mohamed Megahed, the excavation team’s head, in an antiquities ministry statement.

The tomb, which was found last month, stands out, particularly for its distinctive, colorful design.

Mostly made of white limestone bricks, the tomb features several paintings which surprisingly remain brightly colored despite the passage of time, in hues associated with royalty. It also boasts a tunnel entrance that is usually only found in pyramids, CNN reported.

The findings are also intriguing to archaeologists as they question the relationship between Khuwy, an official, and Djedkare Isesi, the pharaoh of the time. Isesi’s pyramid is located nearby, leading some to suggest Khuwy might have been related to the pharaoh.

The tomb is one of a number of new discoveries being promoted by Egypt as the country looks to improve its shrinking tourist industry.

Several paintings remain brightly colored despite the passage of time, in hues associated with royalty. (Photo Credit: Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP / Getty Images)

The Egyptian antiquities ministry earlier this month also revealed a well-preserved and colorfully painted tomb thought to date from the early Ptolemaic period, more than 2,000 years ago. It was found to include the remains of a man, his wife, and 50 mummified animals, including mice and falcons.

In December 2018, officials announced that a tomb belonging to a priest named Wahtye, which completed during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare (between 2500-2300 BC), was also discovered in Saqqara.

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