Five ancient tombs were discovered by archaeologists in Egypt, decorated with well-preserved painting.
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the tombs belonged to high-ranking officials of the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate periods, which date back to more that 4,000 years ago.
They were located near King Merenre’s pyramid in Saqqara just outside Cairo.
Saqqara is located south of the Great Pyramids of Giza and has been home to a wide variety of archaeological discoveries in recent years.
Mostafa Waziri is the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. He stated that the five tombs are in good condition and belonged to high ranking officials, including regional rulers or palace supervisors from ancient Egypt.
He stated that all five of the tombs were well-decorated and well-painted. Excavations continued.
“We plan to continue our excavations. We are confident that there will be more tombs in the area.
One of the tombs was added by the ministry of tourism, antiquities. It belonged to Iry, a high ranking official. Inside were a limestone sarcophagus with colourful decorations.
Other tombs belonged members of the royal court. These included a woman called Petty, who was responsible both for the beautification of the king and the priest of Hathor.
In January 2021 Egypt revealed more treasures from Saqqara. These included more than 50 wooden Sarcopagi dating back to the New Kingdom, 16th through 11th centuries BC.
The Egyptian authorities plan to open the new Grand Egyptian Museum at the Giza plateau in the latter part of the year. It will be inaugurated later this year after it was closed due to pandemic.