The discovery of this tomb stresses the importance of Djedkare’s era, and the end of the 5th Dynasty in general
of Antiquities Dr.Khaled El-Enany embarked today in an tour to Saqqara
Necropolis along with 52 ambassadors and cultural attaché of foreign,
Arabs and African countries to inspect the newly discovered tomb of a dignitary
during the reign of king Djedkare named Khuwy.
Egyptian actress Yosra came especially to Saqqara to enjoy the visit of the
newly discovered tomb. SHe was very enthusiastic and described it as thrilling
and exciting . Yosra thanked the ministry of antiquities and the minister of
antiquities for all the efforts they expected to preserve Egypt’s antiquities
and discover all these discoveries
El-Enany welcomes all the attendees and said that although the tomb was
announced early this month all the media insisted to go and visit it live.
pointed out that it is the fifth time to flock into Saqqara necropolis to
attended the announcement of the discoveries of a mummification workshop, wahti
tomb, the cats necropolis and the opening of mehu tomb.
announced that on the 18th of April, the ministry will celebrate the world hero
day via the announcement of two new discoveries in Luxor and the restoration of
the colossus of Ramses II on display at the first pylon of luxor temple. The
ministry will also open all museums and archaeological sites in Egypt for free
for Egyptians as well as Africans, Arabs and foreigners who are living in
was discovered by an Egyptian archeological expedition under the direction
of Dr. Mohamed Megahed at south Saqqara. It is a unique tomb of the
dignitary Khuwy who lived at the end of the 5th Dynasty of the Old
Kingdom. The tomb was found during the excavation and documentation activities
of the area.
tomb consists of a superstructure with an L-shaped offering chamber, which was
once decorated with reliefs. Only the bottom part of this decoration is
preserved due to re-use of its white limestone blocks in later times in
north wall of the tomb the mission found the entrance to a unique substructure,
which is for the first time clearly inspired by the design of the substructures
of the royal pyramids of the 5th Dynasty. This part of the tomb started with a
descending corridor, which leads to a vestibule. An entrance in its southern
wall gives access to a decorated antechamber. Its decoration represents the tomb
owner sitting in front of the offering table on the south and north walls.
Moreover, an offering list was depicted on the east wall and the palace-façade
on the west wall.
two entrances in the west wall of the antechamber the mission succeeded to
enter a second room, which was the burial chamber itself and which had remained
undecorated. Dr.Megahed said that It seems that the space of the
burial chamber was almost completely filled with a limestone sarcophagus, which
was found entirely destroyed by ancient tomb robbers. However, the mission
discovered remains of the body of Khuwy, which shows clear traces of
entrance in the south wall of the decorated antechamber leads further to a
small room used most likely as a storeroom. The mission found this room filled
with debris but contained almost no finds.