In a bid to boost tourism, Egypt will open to the public a 4,000 year old tomb in Saqqara, Giza for the first time since its discovery in 1940, almost 80 years ago.
The tomb was unearthed by Egyptian archaeologist Zaki Saad and belonged to a great Pharaonic official named Mehu, a relative of the first king of the Sixth Dynasty, and his family. It features two rooms with walls covered with colorful, well-preserved inscriptions and artwork.
During the reign of King Pepi, the third ruler of the Sixth dynasty, Mehu was given 48 titles which were all recorded on the walls of his room.
According to a press statement from the Ministry of Antiquities, the tomb features a long narrow corridor with six burial chambers with rooms set for Mehu’s son, Mery Re Ankh and grandson, Hetep Ka II.
The tomb must first undergo restoration before it can be open to tourists. Adel Okasha, head of the central administration of Cairo and Giza, announced that the Ministry of Antiquities began restoration work, which includes cleaning and restoring the colored wall inscriptions, developing a proper lighting system and covering up the burial well.
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri said that the tomb is one of the most beautiful and complete tombs from the Old Kingdom within Saqqara, featuring artwork of scenes such as fishing, harvesting and dancing that not seen in Saqqara tombs prior to the Sixth Dynasty.
He explained that one of the most important scenes depicted on the walls shows Mehu catching birds in the jungle and hunting fish with a bayonet.
According to Waiziri these show us the influence of the tomb owner, who was careful to engrave these details in the first few chambers closest to visitors.
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