4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb discovered outside Cairo

4,400-year-old Egyptian tomb discovered outside Cairo

Archaeologists in Egypt have said they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said the tomb likely belonged to a high-ranking official known as Hetpet during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt.

The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes.

Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archaeological mission, said the scenes depict a monkey, at the time commonly kept as domestic animals, reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra.

He believes Hetpet, a woman thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals, had another tomb in Giza's western necropolis, which is home to the tombs of top officials of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

Al-Waziri said excavation work is underway for the other tomb.

AP