Ancient Tomb Discovered In Egypt Believed To Be Over 4300 Years Old

Ancient Tomb Discovered In Egypt Believed To Be Over 4300 Years Old

To this day, Egyptian archaeologists continue to discover new tombs and relics, with the most recent being a 3500-year-old mummy just a couple of months ago. Now, the Egypt Antiquities Ministry has reveal another find — the 4300-year-old tomb of a powerful woman by the name of “Hetpet”.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Ministry, according to a story by LiveScience’s Owen Jarus, with the tomb uncovered in a “cemetery on the Giza Plateau”.

Image: Egypt Antiquities Ministry (via LiveScience)

Judging by the artwork and hieroglyphs in the tomb, it’s been determined that Hetpet was a “senior official in the royal palace”:

“The tomb has very distinguished wall paintings, in a very good conservation condition, depicting ‘Hetpet’ standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or sitting before a large offering table receiving offerings from her children,” Egypt’s antiquities ministry said in a statement.

Unfortunately, the tomb appears to have been burgled at some point; not only is Hetpet’s statue missing, but her mummy as well.

Image: Egypt Antiquities Ministry (via LiveScience)

The mission that found the tomb is one of a “dozen”, according to the LiveScience story, so be prepared for similar discoveries over the next 12 months.

[LiveScience]