The tomb of a Pharaonic princess was discovered by a group of Czech archaeologists south of Cairo and the discovery suggests that other yet-undiscovered tombs may be in the area.
Mohammed El-Bialy, the head of the Egyptian and Greco-Roman Antiquities department at the Antiquities Ministry, stated that the tomb of Princess Shert Nebti is surrounded by the tombs of four high ranking officials from the Fifth Dynasty, reports Fox News.
The tombs date to about 2,500 BC in the Abu Sir complex, which is near the famed step pyramid of Saqqara. El-Bialy added that “discoveries are ongoing,” and the excavation is in a “very early stage,” so it is closed to the public.
There are four limestone pillars on the Princess’ tomb, whose inscriptions suggest her father was King Men Salbo. El-Bialy stated:
“She is the daughter of the king, but only her tomb is there, surrounded by the four officials, so the question is, are we going to discover other tombs around hers in the near future? We don’t know anything about her father, the king, or her mother, but hope that future discoveries will answer these questions.”
Al Arabiya notes that Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim stated:
“We have discovered the antechamber to Princess Shert Nebti’s tomb which contains four limestone pillars … [the pillars] have hieroglyphic inscriptions giving the princess’s name and her titles, which include ‘the daughter of the king Men Salbo and his lover venerated before God the all-powerful.’ “
The discovery by the Czech archaeology team marks the beginning of “a new chapter” in discovering history of the burial sites of Abu Sir and Saqqara, according to Ibrahim.
The archaeologists at the site are from the Czech Institute of Egyptology and funded by the Charles University of Prague. Their excavation of the area began his month, just weeks after the Egyptian government reopened a pyramid and complex of tombs that were closed for restoration work for 10 years.