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4400-Year-Old Tomb of Ancient Priestess Found in Egypt


Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the 4,400-year-old tomb of a priestess near the pyramids at Giza, a discovery that authorities hope will help to boost the country's struggling tourism industry.

The burial-place might belong to a high-ranking official referred to as Hetpet, from the 5th dynasty of historical Egypt, the department added.

The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

"Scenes of reaping fruits, melting metals, and the [making] of leather and papyri boats, as well as musical and dancing performances, are also shown on walls", Waziri told Ahram Online.

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.

Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, led the mission that discovered the tomb.

Archaeologists began excavating the site last October, but didn't reveal their findings to the public until Saturday, The Associated Press (AP) reports.




He said: 'This is a very promising area. Fragments of artefacts belonging to her were found in the same area in 1909, and were moved to a museum in Berlin at the time, Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anani said.

"In ancient Egypt, it was uncommon for a woman to to be buried separate from her husband".

Minister Anani said he was hopeful of further discoveries at the site, which is located about 20km (12 miles) south of Cairo.

The tomb "has the architectural style and the decorative elements of the Fifth Dynasty, with an entrance leading to an "L" shaped shrine", the ministry said.

Egypt hopes the inauguration of the new museum, along with the recent discoveries, will draw visitors back to the country.

The government has tightened security around archaeological and tourist sites and spent millions of dollars to upgrade airport security, especially following the 2015 downing of a Russian airliner by ISIL, killing 224 people on board.

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