Guests enter a newly-discovered tomb at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres south of Cairo, belonging to the high priest "Wahtye" who served during the reign of King Neferirkare

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest.

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said Saturday.

"Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it's a new discovery, it's a private tomb," Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters.

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"It is exceptionally well preserved, colored, with sculpture inside. It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400 years old," he said.

The tomb belongs to "Wahtye", a high priest who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare, the antiquities ministry said.

Mostafa Abdo, who oversees digging at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, walks in a newly-dicovered tomb on November 15, 2018

© Provided by AFP Mostafa Abdo, who oversees digging at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, walks in a newly-dicovered tomb on November 15, 2018

His tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement.

It also contains more than a dozen niches and 52 colourful statues of the cleric and members of his family, it said.

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In November  archeology officials announced the discovery in Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, during excavation work started in April by the same archaeological mission.

The tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement.

© Provided by AFP The tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement.

Three of those tombs contained mummified cats and scarabs.  The Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo is home to the famous Djoser pyramid, a more than 4,600-year-old construction which dominates the site and was Egypt's first stone monument.

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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.

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Breathtaking Ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to the Sixth Dynasty are reopened to the public for the first time since they were discovered nearly 80 years ago

  • The tomb belonged to vizier Mehu who is thought to have severed one of the kings of the Sixth Dynasty
  • Mehu's tombs, which are situated Saqqara, are deemed to be the most beautiful tombs at the site
  • Images depict the owner of the tomb hunting in the jungle and during fishing expeditions

The tombs of Mehu have been reopened to the viewing public for the first time in almost 80 years since it was discovered in 1940 in Giza, Egypt.

Mehu's tombs, which are situated in the vast ancient burial ground of Saqqara, are deemed to be the most beautiful tombs at the site.

The magnificent burial site was restored by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiques, who reinstated the tomb paintings pictured on the walls of the chambers.

The tombs of Mehu have been reopened to the viewing public for the first time in almost 80 years since it was discovered in 1940 in Giza, Egypt

Mehu's tombs, which are situated in the vast ancient burial ground of Saqqara, are deemed to be the most beautiful tombs at the site - where the first dynasties of the old kingdom are buried

Images depict the owner of the tomb hunting in the jungle and during fishing expeditions, murals also capture harvesting scenes as well as civilians cooking and dancing.

These sorts of paintings were not used in Saqqara tombs before the Sixth Dynasty of Egypt, the burial chamber, antechamber and entrance corridor of these pyramids are inscribed with Pyramid Texts, following the example set by Unas of the Fifth Dynasty.

Occupier of the tomb, Mehu was an ancient Egyptian vizier, a vizier is the highest ranked official to serve the pharaoh of the time and one of the most important people in the royal court.

Images depict the owner of the tomb hunting in the jungle and during fishing expeditions, murals also capture harvesting scenes as well as civilians cooking and dancing

The magnificent burial site was restored by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiques, who reinstated the tomb paintings pictured on the walls of the chambers

These sorts of paintings were not used in Saqqara tombs before the Sixth Dynasty of Egypt, the burial chamber, antechamber and entrance corridor of these pyramids are inscribed with Pyramid Texts, following the example set by Unas of the Fifth Dynasty

Occupier of the tomb, Mehu was an ancient Egyptian vizier, a vizier is the highest ranked official to serve the pharaoh of the time and one of the most important people in the royal court

Occupier of the tomb, Mehu was an ancient Egyptian vizier, a vizier is the highest ranked official to serve the pharaoh of the time and one of the most important people in the royal court

He lived in around 2300BC and is largely known due to his monumental mastaba (tomb), which is situated closely to the Pyramid of Unas.

However the exact dating of Mehu has been disputed in Egyptology, documents have previously been published suggesting that he severed King Teti, while others argue he dated slightly later under the reign of King Pepy I.  

Mehu's family history is unclear, however it is believed that he had two wives named Nebet and Neferkaus, several of his sons are also mentioned in the tomb paintings.  

He lived in around 2300BC and is largely known due to his monumental mastaba (tomb), which is situated closely to the Pyramid of Unas

However the exact dating of Mehu has been disputed in Egyptology, documents have previously been published suggesting that he severed King Teti, while others argue he dated slightly later under the reign of King Pepy I

However the exact dating of Mehu has been disputed in Egyptology, documents have previously been published suggesting that he severed King Teti, while others argue he dated slightly later under the reign of King Pepy I

Mehu's family history is unclear, however it is believed that he had two wives named Nebet and Neferkaus, several of his sons are also mentioned in the tomb paintings

Mehu's family history is unclear, however it is believed that he had two wives named Nebet and Neferkaus, several of his sons are also mentioned in the tomb paintings

Tomb paintings share messages of the past with a series of hieroglyphics etched onto a feature wall in the ancient tomb  

Tomb paintings share messages of the past with a series of hieroglyphics etched onto a feature wall in the ancient tomb The opening of the burial site was filmed and photographed by a team of photographers who arrived to take pictures of the tomb

The richly coloured murals show loincloth-clad servants working in typical Sixth Dynasty style

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