The Egyptian Archaeological Mission working at the Sacred Animal Necropolis in Saqqara archaeological site succeeded to uncover a fifth Dynasty tomb of the Priest royal Purification during the reign of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re, named “Wahtye.”
Dr. Khaled El-Enany Minister of Antiquities announced.
He pointed that the tomb is an exceptionally well preserved and painted tomb with walls decorated with colored scenes depicting the owner of the tomb with his mother, wife and family as well as a number of niches with large colored statues of the deceased and his family.
Dr. Mostafa Waziri General Secretary of Supreme Council of Antiquities and the Head of the excavation mission explains that the mission was able to reach the facade of the tomb during its second excavation season in November, but was not able to enter as ithe doors were sealed which need more work, time and efforts. The mission has only announced the discovery of the animals grave.
Excavations continues and after removing all debris away of the tomb’s facade a lintel on top of the tomb’s door was then reveal inscribed with three hieroglyphic lines with the nlame and the different titles of the owner who was the royal purification priest, the supervisor of king Nefer-Ir-Ka-Re and the inspector of the holy boat.
Dr. Waziri added the tomb ‘s walls have several coloured inscriptions showing the name of the wife of the tomb’s owner (Weret Ptah), and many scenes featuring the deceased with his mother (Merit Meen) and his family as well as scenes depicting the fabrication of pottery and wine, offering scenes, musical performances, the sailing of boats, the manufacturing of the funerary furniture and hunting.
Inside the tomb there are 18 niches displaying 24 large coloured statues carved in rock and depicting the owner of the tomb and his family. Meanwhile, the lower part of the tomb contains 26 small niches with about 31 status carved in rock to a yet unidentified person standing or in the scribe position.
“This statue might belong to the deceased or a member of his family,” DR. Waziri said.