“The color is almost intact even though the tomb is almost 4,400 years old,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said referring to the discovery.
The tomb, decorated with hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs, was found by archaeologists in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, south of the capital city of Cairo. The structure is 33 ft long, 9.8 ft wide, and approximately 10 ft high.
Experts consider the discovery as one-of-a-kind because of its condition. The tomb, which dates back to the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, once the third king of the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.
The contents of the tomb honor priest Wahtye by depict him and his family as well as cultural rites and symbols, it contained “scenes depicting manufacturing of potter and wine, [Wahtye} making religious offering, musical performances, boats sailing, the manufacturing of the funerary furniture, and hunting,” according to Egypt Today.
The finding also included five inner shafts, four of which remain sealed and their contents await excavation to reveal possible hidden treasures. The process will begin Sunday.
“I can imagine that all of the objects can be found in this area,” Waziri said.
The Fifth Dynasty ruled from 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC, close to the time the pyramid of Giza was built.
The general area of Saqqara, where the discovery was made, is a promising location spanning several kilometers where more than 3,000 years of Egyptian history has been gradually emerging to the eyes of the world.