4400-Year-Old Tomb of Ancient Priestess Found in Egypt

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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a more than 4,000-year-old tomb near the famed Giza Pyramids just outside the capital Cairo.

"The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings, in a very good conservation condition, depicting "Hetpet" standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or sitting before a large offering table receiving offerings from her children", Egypt's antiquities ministry said in a statement.

Other scenes also depict a monkey - in pharaonic times, monkeys were commonly kept as domestic animals - picking fruit.

For his part, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the tomb of the priest Hatbet probably is not the main tomb of the priest, as it is made of mud bricks with a mortar layer.

Throughout 2017, there were numerous discoveries across Egypt. Egypt is facing serious tourism downfall but discoveries like this and more can gain tourism which will generate revenue. "We expect to find more", Mr Al Waziri said.

"In ancient Egypt, it was uncommon for a woman to to be buried separate from her husband". "We have removed between 250-300 cubic metres of layers of earth to find the tomb".

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"We know of course that she was a high official and that she had a strong link with the royal palace", Khaled al-Anani said.

This counts as the first archeological discovery in the year 2018.

Archeologists were able to say the tomb was from the Fifth Dynasty because it presented the architectural tomb style tomb, the decorative paintings, some colorful murals, and the L-shaped entrance, all of which are characteristic of that era.

Egypt hopes the inauguration of the new museum, along with the recent discoveries, will draw visitors back to the country.

The government has tightened security around archaeological and touristic sites and spent millions of dollars to upgrade airport security especially following the 2015 downing of a Russian airliner over the restive Sinai Peninsula by the Islamic State group, killing 224 people on board.