All what you need to know about the five newly discovered 5 tombs in Saqqara



Sat, 19 Mar 2022 - 04:15 GMT


Sat, 19 Mar 2022 - 04:15 GMT

File: One of the newly uncovered tombs.

File: One of the newly uncovered tombs.

Egyptian excavation team discovered five tombs during excavations carried out on the northeastern side of King Merenre Pyramid in Saqqara necropolis.


The newly uncovered five tombs date back to the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate eras.
The first tomb belongs to an official with the rank of Iry and houses limestone sarcophagus. This tomb contains a deep burial shaft leading to a room decorated with funerary scenes depicting offering tables, the seven sacred oils and a façade of the palace.

The second tomb houses a rectangular burial shaft and belongs to a woman that is most probably the wife of a man named Yaret.

The third tomb has a six metre deep burial shaft, belongs to supervisor of the great house, priest, and purifier of the house, his name is Pepi Bethany.

The fourth one houses a six metre deep burial shaft and belong to the priest of Hathor who was also responsible for the king’s beautification, who was a woman named Petty.

The fifth tomb is for a man named Henu, the overseer and supervisor of the royal house. It consists of a seven metre deep rectangular burial shaft.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri inspected the excavation work carried out in Saqqara by the Egyptian excavation team.




The excavation team is still working to identify the colours of the tombs’ decorations.

El-Enany entered one of the newly discovered tombs to inspect the team’s work and thanked them for their efforts to know the secrets of Saqqara.

Waziri announced  that the five tombs belong to top officials and were uncovered in a state of good preservation.




The Egyptian excavation team will perform extensive studies to conceal the secrets of these tombs.




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