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Egypt Unveils 4,300 Year Old Tomb Still Bursting With Color

Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a colourful tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official earlier this year. The finding is nothing short of astounding, as the adornments and inscriptions are vividly well-preserved within white limestone bricks.

The Times of Israel was the first to report on the tomb located near Saqqara, a city near Cairo. According to archaeologists, the senior official’s tomb shows he was a nobleman. The official’s name was Khuwy, and he and his family were members of the Fifth Dynasty who ruled over Egypt around 4,300 years ago.

“L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber with painted reliefs depicting the tomb owner seated at an offerings table,” stated Mohamed Megahed, the head of the excavation team responsible for the unearthing of the tomb.

Government officials have only unveiled the tomb to the public recently, but they discovered it in March 2019. Archaeologists have recently discovered other tombs related to the Fifth Dynasty.

According to reports, they unearthed an inscription dedicated to Queen Setibhor. Archaeologists believe her to be the wife of King Djedkare Isesis, the eighth king of the Fifth Dynasty.

With these new discoveries, government officials hope for a revival in tourism, which floundered after the 2011 uprising.

 

 

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