A team of archaeologists in Egypt recently revealed their latest discovery: the tomb of a 5th Dynasty priestess which was covered in impressive and very well-preserved wall paintings. According to reports, they actually stumbled upon this resting place in October last year, in a cemetery to the west of the Great Pyramid. It seems that the initial impression was that the woman was a Priestess of Hathor, called Hetpet. A good indicator of this were the paintings on the walls, showing her in various scenarios. In one she is hunting, in another one she is fishing and even receives gifts from her children.
The painting also shows domesticated monkeys dancing in front of an orchestra. It seems that this is a very rare sight, previously only found in the Old Kingdom tomb of Ka-Iber. According to Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany, archaeologists have been trying to find this specific tomb for over 100 years. Back in 1909, members of a German expedition found artifacts with this priestess’ name on them. Over a century later, archaeologists find her final resting place. A very impressive discovery indeed.
The tomb of a 5h Dynasty Priestess
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According to official reports, the painting on the walls of the tomb indicate that it dates back to the 5th Dynasty. This was a period of time of about 150 years between 2494 B.C. to 2345 B.C. The tomb has the shape of the letter “L” and near its entrance there is a purification basin with the priestess’ name. Another wall has places for people to put their offerings and incense. There was once a statue of Hetpet there too, but now it’s gone.
There have been numerous discoveries in Egypt lately. Apart from the mysterious void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, archaeologists now want to find the tomb of King Tutankhamon’s wife, Ankhesenamun. This supposed resting place is near the famous Valley of the Kings.
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