Ancient Tomb Discovered In Egypt Believed To Be Over 4300 Years Old

Egypt: 4400 years of age Tomb found on the outskirts of Cairo

Anany explained that the Western cemetery area was reserved for senior officials in the Pharaonic area.

The enclosure, which is made of mud brick, is decorated with paintings of Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

Scenes of music and dancing performances, as well as monkeys featured as domestic animals were also depicted.

In the past two years, Egypt has launched several archeological projects with the hope of discovering many treasures to revive its tourism industry which has been for hundreds of years one of the pillars of the Egyptian economy, but which suffered a lot from riots and the instability that characterized the country situation in the past years.

"Such scenes are rare. and have only been found previously in the (Old Kingdom) tomb of "Ka-Iber" where a painting shows a monkey dancing in front of a guitarist not an orchestra", said Mostafa Waziri of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

He said: 'This is a very promising area. "We expect to find more", Mr Al Waziri said.

'We have removed between 250-300 cubic meters of layers of earth to find the tomb.

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"What we see above the earth's surface in Egypt doesn't exceed 40 percent of what the core holds", Al-Waziri told The Associated Press.

The tomb was discovered during an excavation mission in the Giza western cemetery region, which has been known to house the burial sites of former royal palace officials.

Hetpet is a known figure in Egyptian antiquity although her mummy has not been discovered.

Egypt has announced a series of ancient discoveries in the past few months.

The first phase of Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to be opened later this year while the grand opening is planned for 2022.

The tomb, which can be dated back to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom or High Empire (2650-2100 BC), is decorated with paintings that show ancient Egyptian life from almost 4,000 years ago.

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

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