Egyptian archaeologists discover two tombs near the Pyramids of Giza

Egyptian archaeologists unearth pair of 4,500-year-old tombs belonging to two of King Khafre’s priests in ancient burial site near Pyramids of Giza

  • Egyptian archaeologists have found two ancient tombs at the Pyramids of Giza dating back 4,500 years ago
  • The tombs belonged to high ranking men who were part of Pharoah Khafre’s priests from the Old Kingdom
  • King Khafre built the second of the three famous Pyramids of Giza, as well as the Sphinx
  • Aside from the tombs, the discovery also found limestone statues of the tomb’s owners, his wife and son

Archaeologists have discovered two tombs at the Pyramids of Giza dating as far back as the fifth dynasty period – between 2563 – 2423 BC.

The tombs belonged to two high ranking men who were part of King Khafre’s priests, it was revealed in a press conference about the ancient find on Saturday.

Egypt’s antiquities ministry said one of the men in one of the tomb’s was named Behnui-Ka, who had seven titles including the Priest and the Judge to the Pharoah.

The other tomb belonged to another man named Nwi, who served as Chief of the Great State and ‘purifier’ of the Khafre.

Khafre, also known as Khefren or Chephren to the Ancient Greeks, built the second of the three famous Pyramids of Giza as well as the Sphinx.

‘Many artifacts were discovered in the tomb,’ the ministry said, including limestone statues of one of the tomb’s owners, his wife and son, statues of jackals, as well as hieroglyphs.

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, who attended a press conference, told Egypt Today: ‘The whole world is watching this great discovery that dates back to the fifth dynasty.’

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered two tombs at the Pyramids of Giza dating as far back as the fifth dynasty period – between 2563 – 2423 BC

The tombs belonged to two high ranking men who were part of King Khafre’s priests, it was revealed in a press conference about the ancient find on Saturday

An excavation worker carefully uses a tool inside a burial shaft at the Giza pyramid plateau following the recent discovery of the tombs 

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Egypt’s antiquities ministry said one of the men in one of the tomb’s was named Behnui-Ka, who had seven titles including the Priest and the Judge to the Pharoah

This excavation worker carefully brushes dust from the face of the sarcophagus

The other tomb belonged to another man named Nwi, who served as Chief of the Great State and ‘purifier’ of the Khafre

Another member of the excavation team carefully brushes away sand and debris from the sarcophagus

‘Many artifacts were discovered in the tomb,’ the ministry said, including limestone statues of one of the tomb’s owners, his wife and son, as well as statues of what appear to be jackals

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, who attended a press conference, told Egypt Today : ‘The whole world is watching this great discovery that dates back to the fifth dynasty’

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