Whether from time or the invasion of grave robbers, many ancient Egyptian burial sites don’t make it to the present day in the form that was originally intended. That’s what makes the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb from the 5th dynasty of pharaohs so exciting! The recently uncovered site in Saqqara, near the famous step pyramid, is incredibly well preserved and has archaeologists everywhere jumping for joy.
Egypt has announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs. https://t.co/Xv7Vulg3XR
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 15, 2018
The tomb reportedly belongs to a “senior official from the fifth dynasty of the pharaohs,” who some officials identified as “Wahtye, a high priest who served during the reign of King Neferirkare.”
— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) December 15, 2018
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told BBC News the find was “one of a kind in the last decades.”
The tomb was found in a buried ridge at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, untouched and unlootedhttps://t.co/xA4XRJLL5U
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) December 15, 2018
The tomb, which seems to have hardly changed in the thousands of years it’s been left alone, features pictures of the deceased official with his family, alongside dozens of statuettes of himself and the important people in his life.
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) December 15, 2018
People of all kinds are flocking to the site to see an Egyptian tomb previously unseen to modern eyes!
VIDEO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara, south of the capital Cairo https://t.co/Zo51JcH095 pic.twitter.com/eaJYr97RjY
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 15, 2018
Twitter was awestruck by the Egyptian history on display.
Totally fascinating. I wish I could go look at it right now. I hope the security in Egypt for Americans have improved from last year.
— Ram777 (@Jet_Pilot_Rover) December 15, 2018
The colors! Extraordinary.
— jmbler (@jmbler) December 15, 2018
Absolutely stunning! The preservation!
— Call me Winter ❄ @ Ice Ado '19! (@SLoveKe1) December 15, 2018
Thank Goodness! At least the treasures will stay in Egypt where they belong instead of being looted by "treasure hunters" who don't give a rat's behind about the value on antiquity except for the amount they can put in their greedy hands.
— Aroyaldmd #PRU #VOTEBLUE (@Aroyaldmd) December 15, 2018
We were at the Saqqara pyramids & our guide was telling us about this discovery. He said it rivaled tombs discovered in Valley of the Kings. Another reason to return to Egypt
— Judy110 (@JKrommendyk) December 16, 2018
Others were a little more scared of mummies than they should have been…
Please, please open this live on history or discovery channel. The chance of live mummies would have everyone tuning in.
— Parks (@Run_GRP) December 15, 2018
They better leave that shit alone. I don't need someone triggering the apocalypse before I see the end of Game of Thrones.
— Chris Campbell (@GoatCampbell) December 15, 2018
The documentary with Brenden Frasier says we really shouldn't open it.
— F'n Ernie (@PunkassE) December 15, 2018
Rip to the people who open it
— Jim (@jimMadeIt) December 15, 2018
Head to Egypt for a first-hand look at the past, history buffs of the world!
— Ottawa Citizen (@OttawaCitizen) December 15, 2018