Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

4400-year-old tomb of Egyptian priestess found

4400-year-old tomb of Egyptian priestess found

Archeologists have uncovered the tomb of an ancient priestess in Egypt.

The tomb unveiled on Saturday likely belonged to a high ranking official known as Hetpet during the 5th Dynasty of pharaohs in ancient Egypt, the country's Antiquities Ministry announced.

She would have lived around 2,400BC, and is depicted in her tomb both hunting and fishing, as well as sitting at a large table where she receives offerings from her children.

It was found during excavations near the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt's antiquities ministry says.

One wall painting shows a monkey dancing in front of an orchestra.

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"Scenes of reaping fruits, melting metals and the fabrication of leather and papyri boats as well as musical and dancing performances are also shown on walls", Waziri said, explaining that there are paintings of monkeys, which are particularly notable.

"This is a very promising area".

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters that the tomb on the Giza plateau near Cairo was built for Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth. Archaeologists have been making discoveries near the site since the 19th century, and Mostafa al-Waziri, who led the mission, believes there is still more to be found.

Throughout 2017, the Antiquities Ministry made a string of discoveries across Egypt - including some in the southern city Luxor known for its spectacular temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.

Egyptian authorities are trying to revive the tourism industry, which is still reeling from the political turmoil and violence that followed the 2011 Arab Spring uprising against longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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