On the 16th of December 2018, archaeologists found a well-preserved tomb belonging to a 4 400-year-old royal priest and his family. The tomb is located just south of Cairo, in an ancient city called Saqqara.
Based on the condition of the tomb, experts are calling it a “one of a kind find” in the last decade.
The ancient city of Saqqara is regarded a Necropolis from ancient Egypt.
The discovery is dated from the rue of Neferirkare Kakai, third king of the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt, according to Egypt’s minister of antiquities, Khaled al-Anani. The dynasty governed for less than two centuries, from 2 500 B.C. to circa 2 350 B.C., according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of Egypt’s supreme council of antiquities, says “the tomb is untouched by looters through the centuries”. It is not uncommon that tombs like these were found way sooner than our findings but looted for their vast treasures.
The structure of the tomb is 9 ft tall and 32 ft wide and has been under excavation since November 2018. Decorated with colorful hieroglyphs and statues of Pharaohs still preserved with these qualities, makes it one of a kind. In the tomb archaeologists also found sculptures of the buried priest and his family.
All in all, there are 45 statues in this grave. Once the excavation of five shafts begins – including the coffin or a sarcophagus of the priest, authorities believe to find even more objects of significance. Work on these areas are already underway, starting in January.
We all know
that Egypt hasn’t had any shortages of archaeological discoveries throughout
Among other finds, a 2 000-year-old, perfectly sealed sarcophagus was unearthed in July of 2018; the tomb of a prominent priestess was also discovered in February; and the resting-place of a goldsmith found in September of 2017.
Millenia ago, Saqqara, where they found the latest tomb of the priest, is home to the Step Pyramid.
Memphis, the capital of the Old Kingdom, was also located here.
In modern times, as archaeologists started to discover dead city’s and bringing them back into the light, many have traveled to see these sites with their own eyes, making Egypt a huge tourist attraction.
But unfortunately, the tourism in the country has diminished since the revolution of 2011, the multiple terror acts and let’s not forget the political situation. Authorities in the country are hoping to revive the tourism to the country with these findings.
Egypt is a country with a lot of mystique and history just sitting there for us to find. Hopefully things will calm down so we can start discovering everything hidden in the dunes of sand just waiting to be conquered.