Posted by: Dr. Y. | November 4, 2012

Pharaonic Princess’ Tomb found in Egypt

Three statues recently discovered in the tomb of the princess (Source: artdaily.org)

Three statues recently discovered in the tomb of the princess (Source: artdaily.org)

Archaeologists have unearthed the 4,500 year old tomb of a pharaonic princess, just south of Cairo.  This discovery may lead to the discovery of other ancient tombs from before 2,500BC.  Princess Shert Nebti‘s burial site is surrounded by the tombs of four high officials from the Fifth Dynasty dating to around 2,500 BC in the Abusir complex near the famed step pyramid of Saqqara.  Inscriptions on the four limestone pillars of the Princess’ tomb indicate that she is the daughter of King Men Salbo.  Only her tomb has been unearthed; her father, the king, or her mother, are yet to be found.  The antechamber to the princess’ tomb includes four limestone columns and hieroglyphic inscriptions.  The current excavation has also unearthed an antechamber containing the sarcophagi of the four officials and statues of men, women, and a child.


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