More news on tomb of fifth-dynasty Egyptian princess near Cairo

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- Thursday November 8th, 2012 - 22:26 - Source: Czech Institute of Egyptology
Several days ago the discovery of a fifth-dynasty Egyptian princess' tomb in Abusir South, to the south of Cairo was announced. More news is now available on the find.

The tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess and four surrounding tombs of high officials, all in a court in Abusir South, south of Cairo. Photo by Czech Institute of Egyptology. Click to enlarge

The Princess' tomb has preliminarily be dated based on the stratigraphy of the site and analysis of the name. It was built in the second half of the Fifth Dynasty, around 2500 BC. 

 

Most members of the princess' royal family were buried in central Abusir or to the south in Saqqara, several kilometers away, but her tomb is surrounded by the burials of four non-royal officials. Scientists are still unclear on what the reason for this distance might be.

 

As the excavation is in progress, the team is not yet sure whether the body of the princess is inside the tomb, stated Miroslav Bárta of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, part of Charles University in Prague.

 

The exact hieroglyphic inscription states:

Interesting finds made by the Czech team thusfar include an antechamber with a false door, stating the name and titles of Shert Nebty. 

 

Two of the surrounding officials' tombs have been inspected. Both these tombs probably date to the reign of Djedkare Isesi, and hold the remains of the chief of justice of the Great House, and the inspector of palace attendants. The other two tombs are currently still being explored.

 

Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities stated that this find suggests that other undiscovered tombs may yet be in the area. 

 

"We are very fortunate to have this new window through which we can go back in time and to follow and document step by step life and death of several historically important individuals of the great pyramid age era," said Bárta.

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