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A new discovery
04 May 2019
A new discovery

An Old Kingdom cemetery has been uncovered at the south-eastern side of Giza Plateau.

Today the ministry of antiquities announced a new discovery at Giza plateau 

The announcement was attended by Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany and former Minister of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass.

El-Enany said that the announcement of all the last discoveries and archaeological projects carried out do not only have a scientific and archaeological value but it is a good promotion to Egypt as well as showing to the whole world Egypt’s true image and soft power.

Hawass expeesses his happiness that he was invited to attend the announcement of such a discovery as the area where the discovery was made is very important as it is neighboring the pyramids builders cemetery which he considers as the most important discovery made. “ He pointed out that the discovery of the pyramids’ builders cemetery show to the whole world that the pyramids were not built by slaves but its builders had built their tombs  beside their King’s.

Hecontinues that the discoveries that the ministry announces are the best way to promote Egypt abroad because it enters all the homes of people around the world

The team of the Egyptian Archaeological Mission  which made the discovery is directed by Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, has discovered part of an Old Kingdom cemetery during excavations carried out at the south-eastern side of Giza Plateau.

Waziri explains that the team uncovered several Old Kingdom  tombs and burial shafts but the oldest one to be discovered is a limestone family tomb from the fifth dynasty (circa 2500 B.C.) which retains some of its inscriptions and scenes. 

The tomb belongs to two persons: the first named Behnui-Ka, whose name was not found before in Giza plateau. He had seven titles among them the Priest, the Judge, the purifier of kings: Khafre, Userkaf and Niuserre; the priest of goddess Maat, and the elder juridical in the court. The second owner named Nwi Who had five titles among which the chief of the great state; the overseer of the new settlements, and the purifier of King Khafre.

Many artefacts were discovered in the tomb among the most significant is a fine limestone statue of the tomb’s owner, his wife and son.

Ashraf Mohi, Director General of Giza Plateau said that the cemetery was reused extensively during the Late Period (since early 7th century BC). Many late period wooden painted and decorated anthropoid coffins were discovered on site. Some of them have a vertical line of Hieroglyphics inscriptions on its led.

Many wooden and clay funerary masks were also found which some of them hold colours.