Egypt Unveils 4,400-year-old Tomb of Ancient Priestess, Protected by Her Soul Feeding Monkey


Last Saturday, archaeologists in Egypt unveiled their latest find, the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess covered in remarkably well-preserved wall paintings. The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced the find on Saturday, saying the tomb was likely to have belonged to a high-ranking official known as Hetpet during the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told BBC reporters the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb found during excavation work in Giza’s western cemetery “likely belonged to Hetpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility, who assisted women in childbirth.”

Via [Ancient-Origins]

Daily activities depicted in the artwork of the tomb. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archaeological mission, says the scenes depicted a monkey – at the time commonly kept as domestic animals – reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra..

He believes Hetpet, a woman thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals, had another tomb in Giza’s western necropolis, which is home to the tombs of top officials from the Old Kingdom of Egypt. [Source]

Wall painting thought to depict Hetpet in the tomb (Image: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

The images and colors have been well-preserved for their age. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

Adding all this up, we now know that this newly discovered “L-Shaped tomb” reflects an architectural style that was used at least 200 years prior to its construction, and, in the writing the name and titles on a stone, it is evident that similar sacred dynamics, otherworldly beliefs and superstitions were also consistent with those held two centuries previously.

The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes (AP)

There are now plans to excavate another tomb believed to be connected to the powerful priestess (EPA)

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Egypt Unveils 4,400-year-old Tomb of Ancient Priestess, Protected by Her Soul Feeding Monkey

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