4,500-year-old tomb of priest discovered in Egypt

08:10, October 19, 2010      

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Egypt's antiquity authorities announced on Monday the discovery of a 4,500-year-old tomb of a priest near the Giza Pyramids.

The tomb, which dates back to Egypt's fifth dynasty (2,513 B.C. to 2,374 B.C.) belongs to Rudj-ka, a cleric who headed the mortuary cult of King Chephren, the builder of the second largest of the three pyramids in Gaza, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities chief Zahi Hawwas said in a statement.

The walls of the tomb are covered with inscriptions and carvings showing Rudj-ka, his wife and a table laden with offerings like slaughtered bulls, poultry and bread.

The inscriptions also show daily life activities such as milking, cattle grazing, fishing, dancing and journeys across the Nile River.

The new discovery could indicate the existence of other tombs for people belonging to higher classes other than that of the pyramids builders, Hawwas added.

Source: Xinhua


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