Old Kingdom style tomb for woman discovered in Egypt's Giza

Laura Christensen
February 5, 2018

In a new discovery, that will excite those interested in archaeology across the world, an Egyptian archaeological mission has found an Old Kingdom tomb of a lady called "Hetpet", who was a top official in the royal palace during the end of the Fifth Dynasty.

The tomb, found near Cairo is adorned with well-preserved and rare wall paintings depicting the priestess, Hetpet, in a variety of scenes.

Within those settings a monkey is illustrated, at that moment in time they were actually a typical domestic animal, gathering fruit and one more dancing before an orchestra, explained Mostafa Al-Waziri, director of the archaeological mission.

The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza's western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom.

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

"This is a very promising area".

The tomb was unveiled to the media yesterday and officials hope it will give a boost to Egypt's faltering tourism industry. "We expect to find more", Al-Waziri said, according to the AP. "We have removed between 250-300 cubic metres of layers of earth to find the tomb".

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"What we see above the earth's surface in Egypt doesn't exceed 40 percent of what the core holds", he added.

Hetpet is a previously known figure in Egyptian antiquity though her mummy has not been discovered yet.

The minister said he was looking forward to further discoveries at the site, which is located about 20km (12 miles) south of the capital.

Waziri said her main tomb is believed to be in the same area as the new discovery.

Archeologists were able to say the tomb was from the Fifth Dynasty because it presented the architectural tomb style tomb, the decorative paintings, some colorful murals, and the L-shaped entrance, all of which are characteristic of that era.

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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