'One of a kind' tomb found in Egypt

Said Abdel Aal an Egyptian archaelogical labourer stands in a newly-discovered tomb at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital Cairo

The tomb also contains a total of 45 statues carved in rock depicting the official, his family and an unidentified individual.

The tomb dates from the dynasty reign of King Neferirkare.

Sabry Farag, the general director of the Saqqara archaeological site, said that the tomb consists of a rectangular hall about 10 metres long from north to south, 3 metres wide from east to west, and about 3 metres high, with a basement at the end of the tomb.

He described the find as "one of a kind in the last decades" as the tomb was unique due to the type of statues and its near ideal condition.

"We managed to remove the debris from the tomb's facade, a lintel on top of the tomb's door was revealed, " Waziri was quoted by Egypt Today as saying. One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, but the other four were sealed.

'This shaft should lead to a coffin or a sarcophagus of the owner of the tomb. "The color is nearly intact even though the tomb is nearly 4,400 years old".

In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archeological finds to global media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more tourists to the country.

Egypt's former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs Zahi Hawass said he believes only 30% of ancient Egypt's hidden treasures have been discovered, with much still to uncover beneath the sand.

Egypt announces discovery of 4,400-year-old tomb
Egypt tomb: Saqqara 'one of a kind' discovery revealed

The Saqqara necropolis is also home to the famous Djoser pyramid, a 4,600-year-old construction that dominates the site and was Egypt's first stone monument.

The tomb, built by the master architect Imhotep for the Pharoah Djoser, stood 62 metres (203 feet) tall originally and is considered the oldest building in the world built entirely of stone.

"It is exceptionally well preserved, colored, with sculpture inside".

Saying that the tomb belonged to a person named "Wahtye", Al-Anani added that the person served as a royal purification priest and Responsible of the Royal Palace, one of the great palaces of the Egyptians.

The tomb was uncovered at the Sacred Animal Necropolis in Saqqara excavation site, Antiquities Minister Khalid al-Anani announced in a press conference held with the participation of foreign county ambassadors.

El-Enany describes it as "the most attractive tomb" found this year.

Amazing Dyn. V tomb discovered in #Saqqara #Egypt.

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