06 February, 2018
In a new discovery, that will excite those interested in archaeology across the world, an Egyptian archaeological mission has found an Old Kingdom tomb of a lady called "Hetpet", who was a top official in the royal palace during the end of the Fifth Dynasty.
Hetpet was a high-ranking female official and daughter to the goddess of fertility - Hathor, who assisted women in childbirth in ancient Egypt.
The wall paintings inside were in "a very good conservation condition depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or... receiving offerings from her children".
Other scenes also depict a monkey - in pharaonic times, monkeys were commonly kept as domestic animals - picking fruit.
Hetpet, strongly believed to be close to royalty at the time, had another grave on the western acropolis of Giza, where the high "administrators of the Old Kingdom of Egypt are laid to rest", he included.
For his part, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the tomb of the priest Hatbet probably is not the main tomb of the priest, as it is made of mud bricks with a mortar layer. Similar scenes have been found in other tombs belonging to the later 12th dynasty, according to the antiquities ministry's statement. The tomb was discovered in October 2017 and that's when they started to dig deep to get as much information and history as possible.More news: Two people dead after South Carolina Amtrak crash
The mystery was discovered in Giza, Egypt, yesterday.
Although this is not the first discovery of its kind in Egypt, the archaeological team stressed the importance of it given the peculiarity of a non-noble woman being buried alone. "We expect to find more", Mr Al Waziri said.
Minister of antiquities Khaled El-Enany during a press conference at the tomb in Giza's western cemetery unveiled the details of this discovery.
Waziri said her main tomb is believed to be in the same area as the new discovery.
The first phase of Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to be opened later this year while the grand opening is planned for 2022.
In January, Egypt placed the ancient statue of one of its most famous pharaohs, Ramses II at the museum's atrium, which will include 43 massive statues.