Visitors Can Check Out This Ancient Egyptian Tomb For the First Time in Almost 80 Years


Visitors Can Check Out This 4000-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb For the First Time in Almost 80 Years

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

But the question on everybody’s lips – “IS IT CURSED?”

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.

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