Egyptian archaeologists discover 4,400-year-old tomb near Cairo

Egyptian archaeologists are hailing the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters Saturday that the tomb was built for Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth, Ireland’s RTE reported.

The tomb was discovered during excavation work in Giza’s western cemetery by a team of Egyptian archaeologists led by Mostafa Al-Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The cemetery houses tombs of top officials from the Old Kingdom’s Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 BC), and that several have already been dug up since 1842, according to RTE.

“The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings in a very good conservation condition depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or… receiving offerings from her children,” the Antiquities Ministry said.

Al-Enany said the new tomb includes “a purification basin on which are engraved the name of the tomb’s owner and her titles”.


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