4500 year old princess tomb unearthed in Egypt

An Egyptian princess's tomb dating from around 2500 BC has been discovered south of Cairo. Announcing the discovery, antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim said the tomb was unearthed in the Abu Sir region.

4500 year old princess tomb unearthed in Egypt
Princess Shert Nebti's tomb was discovered in Abu Sir, south of Cairo [Credit: AFP]
"We have discovered the antechamber to princess Shert Nebti's tomb, which contains four limestone pillars," he said.

He added that the pillars "have hieroglyphic inscriptions giving the princess's name and her titles, which include 'the daughter of the king Men Salbo and his lover venerated before God the all-powerful'."

Mr Ibrahim said the Czech Institute of Egyptology's mission, funded by the Charles University of Prague and directed by Miroslav Bartas, had made the discovery.

"The discovery of this tomb marks the beginning of a new era in the history of the sepulchres at Abu Sir and Saqqara," he said.

The Czech team also excavated a corridor in the southeast of the antechamber, which leads off to four other tombs, two of which have already been discovered separately.

The two tombs belonged to high-ranking officials including a "grand upholder of the law" and an "inspector of the servants of the palace," according to their inscriptions.

They date from the fifth pharaonic dynasty.

The corridor contains four limestone sarcophagi that contain statuettes of a man, a man accompanied by his son, and two men with a woman.

The discoveries were all made during the excavation season, which began in October.

Source: AFP [November 03, 2012]

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