by Raymon Kondos
CAIRO (youregypt.com) - Archaeologists recently unearthed a stone
tomb of an Old
Kingdom official at Saqqara,
about 30 kms (18 miles) to the southwest of Cairo.
The tomb belongs to Ny-Ankh-Nefertem who was identified in his
tomb as the keeper of the king’s property, the supervisor
of the Great House and he overseer of linen. The discovery was
made public last week by a statement from the Egyptian Supreme
Council of Antiquities.
The official served during the Old Kingdom’s successive
kings Unas (r. 2356 – 2323BC) and Teti (r. 2323 – 2291BC)
The tomb is a rectangular-shape building with false doors, a chapel
and a burial chamber decorated with scenes showing aspects of the
deceased’s life with his family and at some scenes appearing
with deities, Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni was quoted
to say in the statement.
Meanwhile, the chief of Egyptian antiquities, Zahi Hawas, said
the tomb was found under a dense layers of rubbles in which they
found remains of mummies, wooden coffins, skeletons and potteries
dating back to later periods, specifically the Late
Ptolemaic and Greco-Roman periods.
The tomb’s relieves are in a good state of preservation.
One of the most vivid scenes is one that shows Ny-Ankh-Nefertem
walking with his son.
Polish archeologists who took part in the joint Polish-Egyptian
excavation effort said restoration of the tomb has already begun.