Egypt tomb: Saqqara ‘one of a kind’ discovery revealed

Archaeologists in Egypt have made an exciting tomb discovery – the final resting place of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the find as “one of a kind in the last decades”.

The tomb, found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, is filled with colourful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named Wahtye, with his mother, wife and other relatives.


Archaeologists will start excavating the tomb on 16 December, and expect more discoveries to follow – including the owner’s sarcophagus.

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Coloured statues and hieroglyphs inside the tomb at Saqqara
A wall covered in engraved hieroglyphs, including people, weighing scales, birds and what appears to be food
A view of the tomb's exterior, showing its entrance set into rising walls of stone
Four statues of people carved into the wall of the tomb
Mustafa Abdo, chief of excavation, stands inside the newly-discovered tomb of Wahtye
Coloured statues in alcoves inside the tomb
A man takes photos of the well-preserved hieroglyphs inside the newly-discovered tomb of Wahtye
A statue is seen inside the newly-discovered tomb of Wahtye, which dates from the rule of King Neferirkare Kakai
A view of coloured scenes depicting the owner of the tomb and his family
An Egyptian archaeological worker stands inside the newly-discovered tomb of"Wahtye", which dates from the rule of King Neferirkare Kakai, at the Saqqara area near its necropolis, in Giza, Egypt, December 15, 2018.

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