A team of Egyptian archaeologists discovered the grave of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the Saqqara pyramidal complex, south of Cairo, the authorities explained yesterday Saturday.
“Today we announce the last discovery of the year 2018, a private tomb, exceptionally preserved, colored and with sculptures inside, which belongs to an official high priest and is more than 4,400 years old.”Explained Khaled el-Enany, Egypt's Minister of Antiquities.
The grave belongs to "Wahtye", a priest who served during the government of the king Neferirkare.
His grave is decorated with scenes which show 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 clergyman and members of his family.
In November, archaeologists announced the discovery at Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some more than 6,000 years old, during excavation work started in April by the same archaeological mission.
Three of those graves contained mummified cats and beetles.
The Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, is the site of the famous Djoser Pyramid, a construction over 4,600 years old that dominates the site and is considered Egypt's first stone monument.
The pyramid (tomb), built by master architect Imhotep for pharaoh DjoserIt was originally 62 meters high, and is considered the oldest building in the world built entirely of stone.
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