Published: Mon, December 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Egypt Unveils "One of A Kind" Ancient Tomb in Saqqara

Egypt Unveils

Various drawings depict "the manufacturing of pottery and wine, making religious offering, musical performances, boats sailing, the manufacturing of the funerary furniture, and hunting", according to Egypt Today.

"It is the most lovely tomb discovered this year" Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany said at the news conference.

Archaeologists found five shafts inside the tomb, out of which only one was unsealed and empty.

"This shaft should lead to a coffin or a sarcophagus of the owner of the tomb", said Waziri, indicating his best guess for the location of finds to come.

Al-Anani said that the "exceptionally well-preserved" tomb was from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom (circa 2,400 B.C.).

The tomb, which was found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, is filled with colorful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs, National Geographic reports.

The tomb is 10 metres (33 ft) long, three metres (9.8 ft) wide and just under three metres high, Waziri said. Its drawings were nearly completely preserved, and the tomb itself had not been looted, he said, according to Reuters.

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"I can imagine that all of the objects can be found in this area, " he said, according to Reuters. (EPA) Mr Anani said the tomb contains scores of statues of different sizes and colours.

Three of those tombs contained mummified cats and scarabs - an ancient Egyptian gem cut in the shape of the beetle.

More discoveries are expected as further excavations are carried out in January.

Egypt has been keen to promote new archaeological finds in recent years in hopes of attracting more visitors.

A new transport system located near an alabaster quarry could reveal all about how it 4,400-year-old. It dates back to approximately 2,500 BC, shortly after the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

This picture taken on December 15, 2018 shows a view of a newly-discovered tomb belonging to the high priest "Wahtye" who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare (between 2500-2300 BC), at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. The country's vital tourism sector has been hit by years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak.

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