Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo – Technology & Science

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Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery Saturday and said the tomb likely belonged to a high-ranking official known as Hetpet during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt.

The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

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A guide from the Ministry of Antiquities inspects a discovery from Egypt’s antiquities authorities at the Giza plateau on Saturday. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters )

Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archaeological mission, says the scenes depict a monkey — at the time commonly kept as domestic animals — reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra.

He believes Hetpet, a woman thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals, had another tomb in Giza’s western necropolis, which is home to the tombs of top officials of Egypt’s Old Kingdom.

Al-Waziri says excavation work is underway for the other tomb.

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