Egypt has announced the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the find at the site of the tomb in Saqqara, just west of Cairo, which is also home to the famed Step Pyramid.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani speaks during a press conference in front of excavation workers at the site of a recently uncovered tomb of the Priest royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named
Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani speaks during a press conference in front of excavation workers at the site of a recently uncovered tomb of the Priest royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named “Wahtye. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

He says the “exceptionally well-preserved” tomb contains scores of statues of different sizes and colors.

Saeed Abdel Aal, an excavation worker stands at the recently uncovered tomb of the Priest royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named
Saeed Abdel Aal, an excavation worker stands at the recently uncovered tomb of the Priest royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named “Wahtye”, at the site of the step pyramid of Saqqara, in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more visitors to the country. The vital tourism sector has suffered from the years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

Source: The Associated Press

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