Egypt to Open Ancient Tomb of Mehu for Tourists 78 Years After It Was Discovered

In a bid to boost tourism, Egypt will open a 4,000 year old tomb in Saqqara, Giza to the public, for the first time since its discovery in 1940 – almost 80 years ago.

The tomb was unearthed by Egyptian archaeologist Zaki Saad, and belonged to a great Pharaonic official named Mehu, as well as his family, who were relatives of the first king of the Sixth Dynasty. The tomb features two rooms with colorful, well-preserved inscriptions and artwork on its walls.

During the reign of King Pepi, third ruler of the Sixth dynasty, Mehu was given 48 titles, which were all recorded on the walls of his room.

According to a press statement from the Ministry of Antiquities, the tomb also contains a long narrow corridor with six burial chambers, with rooms for Mehu’s son, Mery Re Ankh and grandson, Hetep Ka II.

The tomb must first undergo restoration before it can be open to tourists.

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SOURCE: Egypt Independent, Hend El-Behary