French-Egyptian archaeological mission discover the oldest commercial harbour from fourth dynasty Egyptian King Khufu at Wadi Al-Jarf area, 180 km south of Suez; also a collection of 40 papyri, showing details of daily life of ancient Egyptians during the 27th year of King Khufu's reign, was also unearthed, these are the oldest papyri ever found in Egypt.
Egypt’s antiquities minister announced yesterday the discovery of a princess’s tomb dating from the fifth dynasty in the Abu Sir region. “We have discovered the antechamber to Princess Shert Nebti’s tomb which contains four limestone pillars,” Mohamed Ibrahim said. The pillars “have hieroglyphic inscriptions giving the princess’s name and her titles, he added. Ibrahim said that the Czech Institute of Egyptology’s mission, directed by Miroslav Bartas, had made the discovery.
The Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Police have succeeded in recovering two well-preserved limestone reliefs stolen in 1986 by an international antiquities smuggling gang from Saqqara archaeological storehouses. The objects belong to the Fifth Dynasty tomb of the king's royal hairdresser Hetepka, discovered by British archaeologists Geoffrey Martin in the late 1960’s at the Old Kingdom cemetery at Saqqara necropolis.
Archaeologists have discovered a tomb dating back 4,500 years near Cairo. The tomb belonged to a priest who lived during the Fifth Dynasty (2374BC-2513BC). The priest was responsible for the cult in the temple belonging to the Chephren pyramid.
The two colourful tombs belong to a father and his son from the 6th Dynasty and were found west of the Step Pyramid in Saqqara district. The father was carrying the titles of the Chief Clerk of the King and the supervisor of missions and also held many honorary titles, Hawas said, adding the wood-made coffin of the father was buried in a 20m-deep well that was found under the false door. The most important thing found in the well was a 30cm-long limestone-made Obelisk, a symbol of the worship of 'Ra'.
Egyptian archaeologists discovered a new set of tombs belonging to the workers who built the great pyramids. The most important new tomb discovered belonged to a man named Idu and the statement described it as rectangular in structure, with a plaster covered mud brick outside casing.The tomb also featured burial shafts encased in white limestone. Further grave sites were found around the main tomb, including burial shafts containing skeletons and clay pots.
A statue, almost life-size at 149cm (five feet) tall, was found by maintenance workers north of the smallest of Giza's three main pyramids, the tomb of the fourth dynasty Pharaoh Mycerinus. The ancient quartzite statue of a seated man was discovered buried close to the surface of the desert.
The remains of the mummy were discovered in a pyramid found in Saqqara last year. Ancient robbers had stolen most of the valuables from inside the sarcophagus, leaving behind the body parts, some pottery and gold that was used to cover fingers of royal pharaohs, the council said in a faxed statement. Even though the archaeologists didn’t find the name of the queen in hieroglyphics, there is evidence to suggest that the mummy was the mother of the Sixth Dynasty ruler King Teti, Hawass said in the statement.
The newly-found tombs of King Unas's favourite singer and the supervisor of his exploration missions at the Saqqara necropolis reveal new burial patterns.
Culture minister Farouk Hosni announced today that an Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered two rock-cut tombs at the El-Deir bridge area in the Saqqara necropolis, 400 meters south of the step-pyramid. The rock-cut tombs were built for high officials — one responsible for the quarries used to build the nearby pyramids and another for a woman in charge of procuring entertainers for the pharaohs. See also: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7796675.stm