Tomb thought to be 4400 years old discovered in Egypt

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Tomb thought to be 4400 years old discovered in Egypt

Now that the group has found the tomb of Hetpet, they'll continue excavating the site to discover other hidden ancient artefacts that may reveal crucial things about the Egyptians who lived during the Old Kingdom or the prosperous era that during which the pharaohs rules and several pyramids and ancient structures were constructed.

The enclosure, which is made of mud brick, is decorated with paintings of Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes. "This is the first archeological discovery in 2018 but it will not be the last, it is expected that we will announce a new archeological discovery in the upcoming few weeks", recounted Anany. The first scene shows a monkey taking fruit, while the second one shows another monkey dancing while musicians play instruments.

"Such scenes are rare. and have only been found previously in the [Old Kingdom] tomb of "Ka-Iber" where a painting shows a monkey dancing in front of a guitarist, not an orchestra", Al-Waziri said.

"This is a very promising area".

An Egyptian archaeological mission uncovered wall paintings inside the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess, Hetpet, on the Giza plateau on the southern outskirts of Cairo, Egypt.

"In ancient Egypt, it was uncommon for a woman to to be buried separate from her husband. We expect to find more", Al-Waziri said, according to the AP.

'We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb.

The discovery was made in a cemetery near the famous pyramids of Giza by a team of Egyptian archeologists led by Mostafa Waziri, the secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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.

The country hopes these findings will help draw more tourists.

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.

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