Egypt has opened a 4000-year-old tomb in the Saqqara necropolis, situated near the Pyramids of Giza, to the public for the first time since its discovery 78 years ago.
The Tomb of Mehu was discovered in 1940 by Egyptologist Zaki Saad. It was the final resting place of Mehu, a high-ranking official and relation to the first king of the 6th dynasty.
The inauguration took place on Saturday 8th September, and the Government hopes that the newly-opened tomb will boost tourism to the country. The number of visitors has fallen since the revolution in 2011, and was not helped by the ISIS downing of a Russian plane in 2015.
The magnificent tomb has two chambers, both which feature inscriptions of Mehu hunting, as well as his 48 titles. There are also depictions of life in ancient Egypt, such as hunting and acrobatic dancing.
The photos to hit social media so far are stunning
The Tomb of Mehu in Saqqara Egypt has opened to the public for the first time since its discovery in 1940 by an Egyptian team lead by Zaki Saad! Mehu’s titles include Scribe of the Royal Documents, Vizier & Head of Juries.
Now is the time to visit #Egypt! #thisisegypt pic.twitter.com/lFqeULzFV0
— Nigel J.Hetherington (@Pastpreservers) September 8, 2018
#Egyptology A picture taken on September 8, 2018 shows the tomb of Mehu in the Saqqara necropolis, south of the Egyptian capital Cairo during the inauguration for the visitors for the first time since its discovery in 1940 by an Egyptian mission led by Egyptologist Zaki Saad. pic.twitter.com/Qmx5UI69Ko
— SantiagoArt (@SantiagoArtis) September 9, 2018
Visit of #Saqqara site with the Minister of Antiquities, HE Khaled El Anany, at the occasion of the opening for the public of Mehu’s tumb. pic.twitter.com/cAeEfzTi3O
— sibille de cartier (@SibilleCartier) 8 September 2018
But the question on everybody’s lips – “IS IT CURSED?”
Y’all done it now, y’all released the curse of the mummy pic.twitter.com/PM1qjISU7B
— That Alaskan Bitch (@TBrennan907) September 10, 2018
Zaki Saad lived for another 42 years after uncovering the Tomb of Mehu, so we doubt it.
However, the gravesite is not the only one to be excavated by archaeologists in 2018. A number of relics were also discovered at the Giza plateau and a necropolis in Minya, near Cairo, but we guess we’ll have to wait a while longer to find out if those guys are doomed or not.