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12-15-2018, 07:47 PM
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This 4,400-year-old tomb at Saqqara was constructed for a "divine inspector" named "Wahtye".
Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

A 4,400-year-old tomb constructed for a "divine inspector" named "Wahtye" and holding at least 55 statues has been discovered at Saqqara in Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced this morning (Dec 15).

The tomb is "exceptionally well preserved and [colorful] with sculptures inside," Egyptian antiquities minister Khaled El-Enany said at the press conference. Beneath the tomb, archaeologists found five hidden shafts, one of which, they said, could hold Wahtye's sarcophagus.

Wahtye was a high-ranking priest who carried the title of divine inspector, said Mostafa Waziri, the general secretary of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities who led the Egyptian team that discovered the tomb. Wahtye worked for a pharaoh named Neferirkare (reign ca. 24462438 B.C.), Waziri said. [See Photos of the Divine Inspector's Tomb at Saqqara]

Neferirkare's pyramid is about 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) north of Saqqara at a site called Abusir.

The tomb contains two levels with 24 statues on the upper level and 31 statues on the lower level, Waziri said. Most, if not all, of the statues, show humans or deities, with some appearing life-size and others appearing to be less than about 3 feet (1 meter) tall.


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12-15-2018, 07:56 PM
oh boy I’m going to be reading for awhile. thx!