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Egypt reveals ‘one of a kind’ tomb inside Saqqara

Published: December 16, 2018 15:53:19 | Updated: December 18, 2018 12:32:49


Mustafa Abdo is the project's chief of excavation. The tomb is 10m (33 ft) long, 3m (9.8ft) wide, and a little under 3m high. Reuters photo

Archaeologists in Egypt have made an exciting tomb discovery - the final resting place of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the find as "one of a kind in the last decades".

The ancient Egyptians often carved sculptures into the walls of tombs and temples. Reuters

The tomb, found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, is filled with colourful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named Wahtye, with his mother, wife and other relatives, reports BBC.

Archaeologists will start excavating the tomb on 16 December, and expect more discoveries to follow - including the owner's sarcophagus.

Priests were important people in ancient Egyptian society, as pleasing the gods was a top priority. Reuters

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