Photos: Ancient Egyptian General's Tomb Discovered in Saqqara
A tomb dating back about 3,300 years has been discovered at the site of Saqqara in Egypt, archaeologists announced May 8, 2018. Hieroglyphic inscriptions say that the tomb was built for an army general named Iwrhya. The inscriptions also mention his son named Yuppa and his grandson named Hatiay. This photo shows part of a scene found on one of the tomb walls. It's unclear from the information released who the individuals in this scene are, although the individual at the far right may be Iwrhya. [Read more about the tomb discovery]
Art for the afterlife
The tomb contains a number of structures, including chapels, storerooms, a forecourt and a structure that archaeologists call a "statue room," which contains the remains of a number of artistic scenes. This image shows an entrance to one of the structures.
The feet and legs of these individuals are well preserved despite the passage of 3,300 years of time. Unfortunately their upper body appears to be lost.
Carvings discovered on the tomb walls appear to depict individuals engaged in a ritual.
A work in progress
Archaeologists are in the process of uncovering this carving. Excavations are ongoing, and much of the tomb has yet to be excavated. So far, no human remains have been found in the tomb.
The tomb was discovered and excavated during the 2017-2018 field season. Excavations are ongoing.
The team is led by Ola El-Aguizy, a professor of Egyptology at Cairo University. She is shown here speaking at the tomb discovery announcement.
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Owen Jarus is a regular contributor to Live Science who writes about archaeology and humans' past. He has also written for The Independent (UK), The Canadian Press (CP) and The Associated Press (AP), among others. Owen has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and a journalism degree from Ryerson University.
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