4,000 year old tomb unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists have unearthed a 4,000 year old tomb outside the Egyptian capital containing what they believe are the remains of a prominent doctor to the pharaohs, officials said on Tuesday.

4,000 year old tomb unearthed in Egypt
The excavations at the Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza [Credit: Arab Republic
of Egypt Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs]
The tomb, part of a 21 metre (70 foot) by 14 metre (46 foot) plot, with four-metre (13 feet) high walls, was discovered at Abusir, southwest of Cairo, senior antiquities ministry official Ali al-Asfar said.

4,000 year old tomb unearthed in Egypt
The tomb of Shepseskaf ‘ankh, Head of the Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt who dates
to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom in Egypt [Credit: Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs]
“This discovery is important because this is the tomb of one of the greatest doctors from the time of the pyramid builders, one of the doctors closely tied to the king,” Antiquities Minister Ibrahim Ali said in a statement.

4,000 year old tomb unearthed in Egypt
The entrance to the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt's top royal physicians
[Credit: Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of
State for Antiquities Affairs]
Asfar said the area in which the grave was found appeared to be a family plot and the Czech team of archaeologists was now looking for mummies of relatives.

Abusir, a vast necropolis dating back to Egypt’s Old Kingdom, houses the pyramids of several pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty, which began its rule shortly after 2,500 BC.

Source: AFP [October 22, 2013]

Posted by TANN on 6:00 PM. Filed under , , , , , , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0

0 comments for 4,000 year old tomb unearthed in Egypt

Leave comment

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Designed by SimplexDesign 2010. All Rights Reserved.