A 4000-year-old tomb belonged to the Royal purification priest named Wahtye, who served during Egypt’s fifth dynasty; from about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC, under the reign of king Nefer-Ir-Ka-Re, has discovered, newly, at the Necropolis complex in Saqqara, on 15 December 2018.
The exceptional unspoiled tomb and mummy which is being hailed as one of the greatest findings of this decade, grabbed the attention of all the international media.
Remarkable well-preserved sculptures and inscriptions 33 feet (10 meters) wide north to south and 10 feet (3 meters) east to west, all cover its surface.
The tomb’s walls covered with brightly painted scenes of Wehyte with his mother “Merit Meen”, wife “Weret Ptah” and other relatives. It, also, contained hieroglyphs and other drawings showed wine and pottery making, musical performances, sailing, hunting, the manufacture of funeral furniture and some statues of important priests and his family members. Wehyte loved his mother very much that he carved her name thousand times on the tomb’s walls.
The hieroglyphs craved into the stone above the tomb’s door revealed his titles as a royal purification priest, a royal supervisor and an inspector of the sacred boat.
The archaeological team found 5 shafts in the tomb, only one empty shaft was opened and the other sealed will be the next step in the tomb’s excavations. More excavations will turn up when the digging resume.
This huge discovery followed the “Tomb of Mehu” opening for the public for the first time from 78 years of excavations in September 2018, for this reason Egypt is in the 2nd place in the CNN’s top 19 places to visit in 2019 list after Christ Church in New Zealand.