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4400 Year Old Tomb Discovered In Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a tomb which they say is the final resting place of a high priest undiscovered for 4400 years.

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

The tomb was found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo and has 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.

Egyptian Tomb. Photo: AFP

The Tomb in Saqqara Photo AFP

Sculptures carved into walls photo AFP

Sculptures in the wall photo Reuters

The archaeologists will continue their exploration and hope to find the priest’s coffin soon.

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