Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of the Saqqara necropolis area south of Cairo, authorities said Dec. 15.
“Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018 — it’s a new discovery, it’s a private tomb,” Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. “It is exceptionally well-preserved, colored, with sculptures inside.”
The tomb belongs to Wahtye, a high priest who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare, the ministry said.
His tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement. It also contains more than a dozen niches and 24 colorful statues of the cleric and members of his family, it said.
Saqqara served as the necropolis for Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt for more than two millennia. Ancient Egyptians mummified humans to preserve their bodies for the afterlife.
Egypt has revealed over a dozen ancient discoveries this year. The country hopes the finds will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travelers who fled after the 2011 political uprising. (AFP-Jiji, Reuters)