Archaeology: 4,400-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt

Well-preserved frescoes with 'dancing monkey'

05 February, 11:02

    CAIRO - Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near Cairo they believe belongs to a high-ranking priestess, according to local media, including Al Ahram online. The tomb, located near the pyramid of Chefren, has well-preserved frescoes, including images of dancing and musical performances and monkeys.

    Egypt's minister of antiquities, Khaled El-Enany, said the tomb was discovered in the cemetery of the pharaohs in Giza, west of Cairo, where the three most famous pyramids are located.
    The tomb is believed to be that of Hetpet, priestess for Hathor, a goddess represented as a cow and associated with love, fertility and motherhood.
    She is associated with ancient royals from the Fifth Dynasty, according to reports.
    The walls of the tomb reportedly depict well-preserved scenes of hunting, fishing, the fusion of metal, fabrication of boats, papyrus and leather, as well as dancing, including two moneys, which were domestic pets at the time, Al Ahram reports.
    In the tomb, first detected in 1909 by a British explorer that sent dome stones to Berlin and Frankfurt, an L-shaped sanctuary was also discovered with a purification basin and containers for incense and offerings.
    The tomb, however, was only ''discovered'' by an Egyptian archaeological mission in October 2017, the minister said, adding that the cemetery was at the centre of searcher starting in 1843 by several archaeological missions, including some led by well-known Egyptologist Zahi Hawass. 

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