Egypt: 4400 years of age Tomb found on the outskirts of Cairo

Egypt: 4400 years of age Tomb found on the outskirts of Cairo

A group of archaeologists have discovered a highly decorated 4,400-year-old tomb just a few miles south of Cairo, Egypt.

"The newly discovered tomb of "Hetpet" has the architectural style and the decorative elements of the fifth Dynasty with an entrance leading to an "L" shape shrine with a purification basin", according to a statement by Ministry of Archeology.

The tomb includes wall art work, wherein Hetpet seems to have various scenes of hunting and fishing.

The paintings also show two scenes featuring monkeys, popular pets at the time, one reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra, Al-Waziri said.

The discovery of an Old Kingdom tomb from Egypt's antiquities authorities is seen at the Giza plateau, the site of the three ancient pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt February 3, 2018. Similar scenes are found in other tombs. However, the tomb itself was discovered in October 2017, according...

Al-Waziri believes there are other ancient artifacts waiting to be uncovered near the site.

He said: 'This is a very promising area. "We have removed between 250-300 cubic metres of layers of earth to find the tomb".

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Minister of antiquities Khaled El-Enany during a press conference at the tomb in Giza's western cemetery unveiled the details of this discovery.

Waziri said her main tomb is believed to be in the same area as the new discovery.

The first phase of Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to be opened later this year while the grand opening is planned for 2022.

In January, Egypt placed the ancient statue of one of its most famous pharaohs, Ramses II in the museum.

The tomb, which can be dated back to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom or High Empire (2650-2100 BC), is decorated with paintings that show ancient Egyptian life from almost 4,000 years ago.

The government has tightened security around archaeological and tourist sites and spent millions of dollars to upgrade airport security, especially following the 2015 downing of a Russian airliner by ISIL, killing 224 people on board.