Well-preserved 4300-year-old tomb unveiled in Egypt

The painted walls at the nobleman tomb of Khewy at Saqqara Necropolis Egypt 13 April 2019

The painted walls at the nobleman tomb of Khewy at Saqqara Necropolis Egypt 13 April 2019

Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Enani took a party of foreign ambassadors and other officials to inspect the tomb.

The tomb is located south of Saqqara, a vast necropolis south of Cairo, and belongs to a senior official named Khuwy. Fragments of his mummy were discovered alongside pieces of the canopic jars which the ancient Egyptians used to preserve the internal organs of the main body cavity for their owner's use in the afterlife. The well-preserved tomb of a high-ranking dignitary of the fifth dynasty, is decorated with colorful bas-Reliefs and inscriptions.

The tomb itself is mostly made from white limestone blocks, while the stunning paintings within were created with a special green resin, according to the Egyptian antiquities ministry.

The Khuwy Tomb was discovered last month in southern Saqqara.

In the north wall of the tomb, the mission found the entrance to a unique substructure, which is for the first time clearly inspired by the design of the substructures of the royal pyramids of the Fifth Dynasty, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Xinhua.

Mohamed Mujahid, head of the excavation team, said the tomb is L-shaped, with a small corridor leading down to an antechamber, beyond which is a larger chamber with walls covered in painted reliefs that show Khuwy sitting at a table for offerings.

Archaeologists recently found an inscription on a granite column dedicated to Queen Setibhor, who is believed to have been the wife of King Djedkare Isesis, the eighth and penultimate king of the dynasty.

They hope the tomb will give them a better understanding of the 40-year reign of Djedkare Isesi.

In other recent news on Ancient Egypt archeaology, Discovery documentary Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live opened the sarcophagus of a 2,500-year-old Ancient Egyptian high priest on live TV.

Egypt has ones again unveiled a newly discovered Khuwy Tomb.