Sunday April 14, 2019
Mohamed Mujahid, head of the Egyptian mission which discovered the tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman “Khewi”, takes a selfie. The tomb at the Saqqara necropolis dates back to the 5th dynasty (2494-2345 BC). Photo: AFP
In a major archaeological discovery, Egypt on Saturday unveiled the tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official adorned with colourful reliefs and well preserved inscriptions.
The tomb, near Saqqara, a vast necropolis south of Cairo, belonged to a senior official named Khuwy who is believed to have been a nobleman during the Fifth Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt about 4,300 years ago.
A detail of one of the walls from inside the tomb. Photo: AFP
“The 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,” said Mohamed Megahed, the excavation team’s head, in an antiquities ministry statement.
Flanked by dozens of ambassadors, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enani said the tomb was discovered last month.
It is mostly made of white limestone bricks.
Ornate paintings boast a special green resin throughout and oils used in the burial process, the ministry said.
The tomb’s north wall indicates that its design was inspired by the architectural blueprint of the dynasty’s royal pyramids, the statement added.
The excavation team has unearthed several tombs related to the Fifth Dynasty.
Another detail from a tomb painting. Photo: AFP
Archaeologists recently found an inscription on a granite column dedicated to Queen Setibhor, who is believed to have been the wife of King Djedkare Isesis, the eighth and penultimate king of the dynasty.
Egypt has in recent years sought to promote archaeological discoveries across the country in a bid to revive tourism that took a hit from the turmoil that followed its 2011 uprising.