Egypt unveils tomb still bursting with color after 4300 years

13 2019 shows a view inside the newly-discovered tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman

13 2019 shows a view inside the newly-discovered tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman"Khewi dating back to the 5th dynasty at the Saqqara necropolis in Egypt

Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Enani took a party of foreign ambassadors and other officials to inspect the tomb.

The tomb, said to be that of a noble named Khuwy, was discovered in March near the Pyramid of Djedkare Isesi, a pharaoh who ruled Egypt around the 25th to 24th century B.C. Going down a narrow passageway in the underground desert tomb, murals in red, white, yellow and other vibrant colors can be seen covering the stone walls.

The discovery of this tomb highlights the importance of King Djedkare's era and the end of the Fifth Dynasty in general, he said.

The official that the tomb belongs to, known as "Khuwy", is thought to have been a nobleman during this dynasty.

Particularly, a richly decorated antechamber is well preserved, while a sarcophagus made of limestone robbers in the past, from the grave completely destroyed.

The latest discovery could shed new light on the pyramids themselves.

In the north wall of the tomb, the mission found the entrance to a unique substructure, which is for the first time clearly inspired by the design of the substructures of the royal pyramids of the Fifth Dynasty, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Xinhua.

Archaeologists recently found a granite column with an inscription dedicated to Queen Setibor, wife of the eighth and penultimate king of the dynasty.

The pharaoh-who reigned for almost 40 years between 2414 and 2375 B.C. -is considered to be one of the most influential rulers of Ancient Egypt, largely as a result of his administrative and religious reforms, according to Egyptologist Ahmed Saleh, Egypt Today reported. The pharaoh was also notable for devolving power to provincial rulers around Egypt, weakening the authority of the centralized administration. The ancient Egyptian burial ground, Saqqara is located about 20 kilometers South of Cairo.

Khuwy's tomb consists of a superstructure with an L-shaped offering room, which was decorated with reliefs.

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