Saturday, 26 October 2013

'Huge' Limestone tomb found in Egypt

The Mail Online has published an article today about the finding of the tomb of Shepseskaf 'ankh at Abusir.

"A 'huge' limestone tomb belonging to an important Egyptian physician has been discovered.  Archaeologists at Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza have unearthed the final resting place of  Shepseskaf ‘ankh that has been undisturbed for 4,500 years.
The generous size of the tomb, which is 69 by 45 feet long and 13 feet high, indicates the importance of the ancient medical professional, who was Head of Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

Vice head of the Ancient Egyptian sector, Ali ALasfar, said a large door covered in hieroglyphs revealed that its occupant is the 'Priest of Khnum,' or 'Priest of Magic'.
The false door with the name, title and images of its owner is located inside a chapel where the tomb itself was found, Fox News reported.

The door in the eastern part of the tomb also says that the medicine man was one of the most important royal physicians in Ancient Egypt at the time. It is the third tomb of a physician discovered in Abusir Cemetery, which is an enormous necropolis close to modern Cairo and served as an elite burial place for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.
Antiquities Minister Ibrahim Ali, said: 'This discovery is important because this is the tomb of one of the greatest doctors from the time of the pyramid builders; one of the doctors closely tied to the king.'" - Mail Online

Fox News also has pictured of the site and door.

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