Ancient tomb of Ramses II’s treasurer unveiled in Egypt – ARTnews.com


The tomb of a treasurer of Pharaoh Ramses II was discovered in Egypt. Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities unveiled the find on Saturday, giving the press its first views of the tomb’s richly decorated walls, which are lined with murals still partially intact.

Ramses II is believed to have reigned in the 13th century BCE. He was known to be one of the most important pharaohs to have presided over Egypt during the New Kingdom period, when the empire was at the height of its power. As well as being celebrated for the breadth of his reign, Ramses II is known for the towns and monuments he built between 1279 BCE and 1213 BCE.

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The tomb was discovered at Saqqara, a necropolis in Giza which has already yielded many important archaeological finds. Located in the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, the site contains many important structures, including the Step Pyramid of Djoser. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saqqara is prized by Egyptologists and archaeologists as it contains tombs from all over the history of ancient Egypt.

The newly discovered tomb belonged to Ptah-M-Wiah, the chief treasurer of Ramses II. Ola El Aguizy, who led the project, said the tomb includes a shrine, courtyard and walls carved with hieroglyphics. These walls also bear images of a calf transported to the slaughterhouse. A number of stone blocks were also found; it is likely that they once supported a ceiling which may have since collapsed. It is possible, however, that the tomb will continue to bring new discoveries, as excavation work is still ongoing.

The tomb is the latest in a series of recent finds in Egypt. In September, archaeologists discovered ritual objects at the Temple of the Pharaohs, located about 100 km east of Alexandria. And in February, a mummy with a golden tongue was unearthed.

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