The Tomb of Mehu was discovered in 1940. However, the archaeological site, located in a necropolis near the Pyramid of Giza, has been off limits to visitors since its discovery 78 years ago.
But on Saturday it was announced…
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) September 8, 2018
The first photos that emerged were stunning…
— Aurelia BAILLY (@AureliaBAILLY) September 8, 2018
#Egyptology A picture taken on September 8, 2018 shows the tomb of Mehu in the Saqqara necropolis, south of the Egyptian capital Cairo during the inauguration for the visitors for the first time since its discovery in 1940 by an Egyptian mission led by Egyptologist Zaki Saad. pic.twitter.com/Qmx5UI69Ko
— SantiagoArt (@SantiagoArtis) September 9, 2018
The Tomb of Mehu in Saqqara Egypt has opened to the public for the first time since its discovery in 1940 by an Egyptian team lead by Zaki Saad! Mehu's titles include Scribe of the Royal Documents, Vizier & Head of Juries.
Now is the time to visit #Egypt! #thisisegypt pic.twitter.com/lFqeULzFV0
— Nigel J.Hetherington (@Pastpreservers) September 8, 2018
— sibille de cartier (@SibilleCartier) September 8, 2018
The tomb dates back to the 6th Dynasty, which reigned over the ancient empire of Egypt from approximately 2345 – 2181 BC. It is said to contain the remains of Vizier Mehu, one of the highest ranking advisors to the Pharaoh Pepi I. It was originally discovered and excavated by Egyptologist Zaki Saad. Not only does the tomb contain Vizier Mehu, but it also contains his son Meren Ra and grandson Heteb Kha. Pepi’s reign was marked by major Egyptian encrosion into Nubia, which covered parts of modern day Sudan.
People were thrilled for this glimpse into the ancient world…
— Victoria Coburn (@GorgeousLifeeee) September 10, 2018
— Lorie A. Richards (@larichards21) September 10, 2018
Stunning! Would love to see this in person. A visit to the Vatican touring the Egyptian room/ display, while incredibly fascinating was just a mere drop in the bucket.
— LoveTheSea (@Loveeeethesea) September 10, 2018
People couldn’t believe how vibrant it still was…
The green on the tomb is beautiful and still vivid after all of these centuries
— thatgirl (@blackhippychick) September 10, 2018
Too far away. I'll never be able to visit. Your photos are as close as I'll ever get. Please send more! Beautiful and priceless!
— Mardy Walker Ω (@WalkerMardy) September 10, 2018
These are gorgeous. I don’t advocate the general public visiting (especially touching) as we’ve historically degraded these one of a kind, priceless sites. Pics are amazing.
— James Coyle (@Event_1_James) September 10, 2018
— Dev-EL…Kal’s Cuz (@tdev27) September 10, 2018
And of course, there were jokes about curses…
I'm good I don't need any curses
— Kel-Y (@HeyJude34) September 10, 2018
Y’all done it now, y’all released the curse of the mummy pic.twitter.com/PM1qjISU7B
— That Alaskan Bitch (@TBrennan907) September 10, 2018
Luckily, Zaki Saad, who led the original excavation, lived for another 42 years. So, it seems we’re safe from curses.