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Egypt discovers 4,400-year old tomb of ancient priestess Hetpet

The archaeologists in Egypt published their recent discovery of the ancient tomb of Hetper, the ancient priestess, which is believed to be 4,400 years old on February 3, 2018.

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The ancient tomb of Hetpet who was a senior official in the royal place was found in a cemetery on the Giza Plateau. It traces back to more than 4,400 years to a period after the Giza Pyramids were built. While the place is popular for its pyramids, it also has huge cemeteries which the archaeologists were trying to discover for more than a couple of centuries. It is believed that burials of elite and high ranking members of Egyptian society were held in this place.

This tomb found near Cairo is decorated with preserved and unique wall paintings which represent Hetpet in different scenes. Hetpet was known to be a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who helped women in childbirth. Some of the tombs of elites are believed to have been discovered already since 1842, its first dug.

The ancient tomb with its architectural designs and decorative elements of the 5th dynasty has an entrance that lead to an “L”-shaped shrine. The wall paintings were well-preserved showing Hetpet standing in various hunting and fishing activities, and receiving offerings from her “children.” There were also scenes of dancing and music performances and monkeys as their domesticated animals. There was one wall painting depicting a monkey dancing in front of an orchestra.

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A general view of the wall paintings depicting Hetpet on different events.
(photo credit: The Times of Israel)


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Minister Anani said that they would continue digging and was positive that they would discover something – again.

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