Archaeologists discover 4,400 year-old tomb in Egypt

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Tomb of Royal Priest Untouched For 4,400 Years Found in Egypt

- Archaeologists have discovered a tomb in Egypt that has gone untouched for 4,400 years.

The Associated Press reported that Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery Saturday at the Saqqara burial ground in Giza, west of Cairo. 

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Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said the tomb is from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs and belonged to a royal priest named Wahtye, CNN reported. Walls of the tomb are decorated with colored scenes of the priest with his wife, mother and other family. Mostafa Waziri, the head of the excavation mission, said other drawings show funeral furniture manufacturing, music performances, pottery making, hunting, sailing and wine making.

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According to CNN, Waziri said his team reached the tomb in November, but getting inside took time as the doors were sealed. There are five burial sites, which Waziri said will be the subject of more excavations.

Sabry Farag, general director of the site, said the tomb was about 33 feet long and 10 feet wide and contains a basement.

BBC News reported that archaeologists will start excavations of the tomb Dec. 16.

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Archaeologists discover 4,400 year-old tomb in Egypt

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Saeed Abdel Aal, an excavation worker stands at the recently uncovered tomb of the Priest royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named "Wahtye", at the site of the step pyramid of Saqqara, in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The Egyptian Archaeological Mission working at the Sacred Animal Necropolis in Saqqara archaeological site succeeded to uncover the tomb, Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani, announced.

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