Egypt has announced the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the Pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the find at the site of the tomb in Saqqara, just west of Cairo, which is also home to the famed Step Pyramid.
He called the discovery, “the most beautiful tomb discovered this year.”
He says the “exceptionally well-preserved” tomb contains 24 statues of different sizes and colors.
According to Egypt Today, the tomb was discovered at the Sacred Animal Necropolis and was made for a royal purification priest named “Wahtye.” He’s believed to have lived during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re.
Officials say carvings and paintings on the walls of the tomb depict Wahtye’s family, including his wife and mother. Others scenes depict the creation of pottery and wine, the making of religious offerings, sailing, hunting, and musical performances.
In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more visitors to the country. The vital tourism sector has suffered from the years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.