Egypt has announced the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the fifth dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.
Antiquities Minister Khaled Anani announced the find at the site of the tomb in Saqqara, just south of Cairo, which is also home to the famous Step Pyramid.
He said the “exceptionally well-preserved” tomb contained scores of statues of different sizes and colors. According to a report in The Telegraph, the ministry added that the tomb belongs to Wahtye, a high priest who served during the reign of King Neferirkare.
His tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the Telegraph reported. It also contains more than a dozen niches and 24 colorful statues of the cleric and members of his family.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the find as “one of a kind in the last decades,” according to BBC News.
In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more visitors to the country. The vital tourism sector has suffered from the years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.