Ancient tombs with rich decorations discovered in Egyptian Saqqara

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Egypt has revealed newly discovered ancient tombs with rich decorations at a necropolis of pharaohs near the capital Cairo, AP reported.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the five tombs discovered in early March belong to the Old Kingdom period (1570 BC and 1069 BC) and the First Intermediate Period, which lasted more than a century after the collapse of the Old Kingdom.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Egyptian archaeologists began excavations in September. He said the tombs were for high officials, including regional rulers and palace overseers in ancient Egypt.

“These five graves are all well painted and decorated. The excavations have not stopped. We plan to continue the excavations. We believe we can find more graves in the area,” he told reporters on the excavation site.

The tombs were discovered next to the step pyramid of Djoser in the Saqqara necropolis, 24 kilometers southwest of Cairo.

The walls are decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions and images of sacred animals and afterlife objects used by the ancient Egyptians.

In recent years, Egypt has actively promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in hopes of attracting more tourists to the country.

The vital tourism sector, a major earner of foreign currency for Egypt, has suffered from years of political unrest and violence following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

The sector has recently begun to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but has again been affected by events in Ukraine. Together with Russia, Ukraine is the main source of tourists visiting Middle Eastern countries.

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