SAQQARA, Egypt (Reuters) – Egypt unveiled a well-preserved four,400-year-old tomb adorned with hieroglyphs and statues south of Cairo on Saturday, and officers count on more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the location additional in coming months.
The tomb was present in a buried ridge on the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. It was untouched and unlooted, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, informed reporters on the web site. He described the discover as “one of a kind in the last decades”.
The tomb dates from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.
Archaeologists eliminated a final layer of particles from the tomb on Thursday and located 5 shafts inside, Waziri stated. One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, however the different 4 have been sealed. They predict to make discoveries after they excavate these shafts beginning on Sunday, he stated. He was hopeful about one shaft particularly.
“I can imagine that all of the objects can be found in this area,” he stated, pointing at one of the sealed shafts. “This shaft should lead to a coffin or a sarcophagus of the owner of the tomb.”
The tomb is 10 metres (33 ft) lengthy, three metres (9.eight ft) huge and just below three metres excessive, Waziri stated.
The partitions are adorned with hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Waziri stated the tomb was distinctive as a result of of the statues and its close to good situation.
“The colour is almost intact even though the tomb is almost 4,400 years old,” he stated.
The tomb lies in a buried ridge that has solely partially been uncovered. Waziri stated he expects more discoveries to be made there when archaeologists begin more excavation work in January.
The Fifth Dynasty dominated Egypt from about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC, not lengthy after the good pyramid of Giza was constructed.
Saqqara served because the necropolis for Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt for more than two millennia.
Ancient Egyptians mummified people to protect their our bodies for the afterlife, whereas animal mummies have been used as spiritual choices.
Egypt has revealed over a dozen ancient discoveries this yr.
The nation hopes the finds will brighten its picture overseas and revive curiosity amongst vacationers who as soon as flocked to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids however who fled after the 2011 political rebellion.
Writing by Lena Masri; Editing by William Maclean