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ChristopherBlackwell Post number 25579 Posted: 16th April 2019     Subject: 4,300-year-old Ancient Egyptian Tomb With Incredible Colorfu
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4,300-year-old Ancient Egyptian Tomb With Incredible Colorful Artworks Discovered Inside Vast Burial Ground
By Aristos Georgiou On 4/15/19 at 10:17 AM EDT

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered a remarkable ancient tomb belonging to a high-ranking official that's covered in colorful reliefs and well-preserved inscriptions, according to the country’s Ministry of Antiquities.

Discovered last month, the tomb—located in the vast ancient burial ground of Saqqara, south of the capital Cairo—dates back to the Fifth Dynasty, which reigned for around 150 years from the early 25th century B. C. to the mid-24th century B. C., AFP reported.

The official that the tomb belongs to, known as "Khuwy," is thought to have been a nobleman during this dynasty. 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 tomb is largely made from white limestone bricks and, notably, the inside is adorned with elaborate paintings and inscriptions made with royal colors. According to Egyptian antiquities minister Khaled al-Enani, some of these works were made using a special resin and oils that are used in the burial process.

The finding could shed light on Khuwy’s significance, as well as his relationship with Djedkare Isesi—the penultimate pharaoh of the Fifth Dynasty. The tomb is located close to the pharaoh’s pyramid in Saqqara and there are theories that Khuwy may have been related to Djedkare, Cairo Scene reported.

Researchers say that the north wall of the tomb was inspired by the designs of pyramids built during the Fifth Dynasty.

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