Egypt tomb: Saqqara ‘one of a kind’ discovery revealed

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Archaeologists in Egypt have made an exciting tomb discovery – the final resting place of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years.


Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the find as “one of a kind in the last decades”.


The tomb, found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, is filled with colourful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named Wahtye, with his mother, wife and other relatives.


Archaeologists will start excavating the tomb on 16 December, and expect more discoveries to follow – including the owner’s sarcophagus.

Here’s what they’ve found already…

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Image caption The private tomb is part of a vast, ancient necropolis in Saqqara – where the earliest known Egyptian pyramids are located
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Image caption The tomb was found in a buried ridge, which may help explain why it escaped looters
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Image caption The walls of the tomb are covered in hieroglyphs, the writing system of ancient Egypt
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Image caption The ancient Egyptians often carved sculptures into the walls of tombs and temples

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