Egypt unearths 4,500-year-old tombOctober 19th, 2010 - 4:31 am ICT by IANS
Cairo, Oct 19 (IANS) A 4,500-year-old tomb of a priest was discovered close to Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, Xinhua reported Monday.
The tomb dates back to Egypt’s fifth dynasty (2,513 B.C. to 2,374 B.C.) and belongs to cleric Rudj-ka, who headed the mortuary cult of King Chephren.
The tomb’s walls are covered with inscriptions and carvings showing Rudj-ka, his wife and a table laden with offerings like slaughtered bulls, poultry and bread.
The inscriptions also show activities like milking, cattle grazing, fishing, dancing and journeys on the Nile river.
“The discovery could indicate the existence of other tombs for people belonging to higher classes other than that of the pyramid builders,” Zahi Hawwas, chief of the country’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a statement.
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