4 Oct 2018
Posted in Archaeology, Art, Culture, News

A tomb opens…and more.

More than 80 years ago, Egyptologist Zaki Saad discovered an intact tomb near Giza, Egypt, home of the Great Pyramids. Since the discovery, the tomb has been closed to the public for restoration work.

Near the home of the Great Pyramids is the tomb of Mehu in Sakkara, Egypt.

The work now completed, this 4,000-year-old tomb just opened to the public, and the experience is unparalleled.

Welcome inside the resting place of Vizier Mehu, a high ranking advisor close to King Pepi (during Tut’s era in Egypt’s Sixth Dynasty). The chambers also house the remains of Mery Re Ankh, Mehu’s son, and that of his grandson, Hetep Kha II.

Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, remarked, “The tomb is one of the most beautiful in Saqqara Necropolis because it still keeps its vivid colors and distinguished scenes.” Indeed, the walls of the tomb are adorned with brightly hued drawings and inscriptions that chronicle Egyptian life a thousand years before the Great Pyramids were built.

Painted scenes include hunting, fishing, cooking, and dancing. Many are unique to the time period, including one that depicts a crocodile marrying a turtle. A description of  48 titles the vizier held during the king’s reign can also be seen on the tomb walls.

As if that isn’t amazing enough, authorities in Egypt have just announced the serendipitous discovery of a sphinx statue. A group of archaeologists happened upon the treasure while draining water from the pharaonic temple of Kom Ombo near the southern city of Aswan. Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said the statue of the mythical beast, which stands 15 inches tall, likely dates from the Greco-Macedonian Ptolemaic Dynasty, rulers of Egypt from 305 B.C. until 30 B.C.

Two sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V were also found at the temple. After the coronation of Ptolemy V, who ruled from 210 until 180 B.C., priests in the sacred city of Memphis issued the famous Rosetta Stone, which listed his noble deeds. In more modern times, the Stone helped teach experts how to read Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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