A 4,400-year old tomb discovered near the pyramids outside Cairo Copy

The 4,400-year old tomb belonged to a woman called Hetpet, thought to be close to ancient Egyptian royals, Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archeological expedition which found the tomb, believes. Hetpet was a priestess to the goddess of fertility Hathor, who assisted women in childbirth. The walls are brightly painted with hunting and fishing scenes. They also depict a monkey, which was commonly kept in ancient Egypt as a domestic animal, snatching fruit in once scene and dancing before an orchestra in another. Giza’s western necropolis houses the tombs of the highest official of Egypt’s Old Kingdom.

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