Ancient Egyptian tomb uncovered

2010-10-18 18:03

Cairo - Egypt's antiquities authority says archaeologists have unearthed a nearly 4 500-year-old tomb of a pharaonic priest close to the Giza Pyramids.

Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass says the discovery could indicate a larger necropolis near the Giza plateau where the three famed pyramids are located.

The tomb dates to the 5th Dynasty, 2 465 - 2 323 BC, belonged to Rudj-ka, a priest who headed the mortuary cult of the pharaoh Khafre, builder of the second largest of the Giza Pyramids.

Khafre died around 2 494 BC, but the cult of worship of pharaohs sometimes lasted after their deaths, Hawass said in a Monday statement.

Hawass said the tomb's walls were decorated with painted reliefs showing Rudj-ka with his wife in front of offerings.