Vivid Fifth Dynasty tomb unearthed in Egypt

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A tomb belonging to a senior official in Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty has been unveiled around 20 miles south of Cairo.

The newly opened necropolis, located near Saqqara, contains vivid coloured reliefs and well-preserved inscriptions painted in a special green resin that have kept its pigment over the last 4,300 years.

Built from white limestone bricks, it is thought to belong to a nobleman known as Khuwy and was discovered last month.

Part of the design was inspired by Fifth Dynasty royal pyramids
Image: Part of the design was inspired by Fifth Dynasty royal pyramids
Experts examine markings on the wall of the tomb near Saqqara
Image: Experts examine markings on the wall of the tomb near Saqqara

In a statement Mohamed Megahed, head of the excavation team, said: “The L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber with painted reliefs depicting the tomb owner seated at an offering table.”

The north wall of the tomb indicates its design was inspired by the architectural blueprint of the Fifth Dynasty’s royal pyramids, the statement added.

The tomb is built from white limestone bricks
Image: The tomb is built from white limestone bricks
The necropolis was found near Saqqara, 20 miles south of Cairo
Image: The necropolis was found near Saqqara, 20 miles south of Cairo

The team has unearthed a number of tombs thought to date from the same period. Archaeologists recently found a granite column with an inscription dedicated to Queen Setibor, wife of the eighth and penultimate king of the dynasty.

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