posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 11:46 AM
CAIRO (AP) — Polish and Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed an ancient cemetery containing the 4,000-year-old tomb of a royal official, Egypt's
antiquities officials announced Wednesday.
Culture Minister Farouk Hosni said the necropolis near the pyramids of Saqqara, about 15 miles south of Cairo, contained the tomb of Ny-Ankh-Nefetem,
identified in hieroglyphic writing as the god's servant of the pyramids of kings Unas and Teti, who ruled successively from 2375 to 2291 B.C.
The rectangular-shaped tomb had false doors, a chapel and a burial chamber decorated with scenes showing part of the deceased's daily life and his
titles — including keeper of the king's property and the head steward of the Great House, the minister said in a statement.
Most of the reliefs were well preserved, the most impressive being one showing the deceased walking with his son, the statement said.
Zahi Hawass, chief of antiquities, said the tomb was found below a dense cluster of mummy remains, wooden coffins and skeletons that dated back to the
late ancient Egyptian Period, Ptolemaic and Greco-Roman periods.