A general view shows well-preserved and rare wall paintings inside the tomb of an Old Kingdom priestess on the Giza plateau on the southern outskirts of Cairo, that was unveiled on February 3, 2018, after being discovered during excavation work in Giza's western cemetery by a team of Egyptian archaeologists. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters the tomb belong to Hatpet, a priestess to Hathor, the goddess of fertility who assisted women in childbirth.
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The tomb was covered in well-preserved and rare paintings.

Lisa Marie Segarra
February 03, 2018

Archeologists have uncovered the tomb of an ancient priestess in Egypt.

The tomb of Hetpet, which dates back 4,400 years, is covered in well-preserved and rare wall paintings, according to the BBC. The paintings show Hetpet in different scenes along the walls, including in hunting or fishing scenes or receiving gifts from her children.

Other rare paintings include scenes of a monkey dancing in front of an orchestra or a guitarist and other scenes involving music and dancing, BBC reported.

The site where the tomb is located housed officials from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty, according to the report, and some of the spots have already been dug up. The tomb was found as archeologists were excavating the area near the Great Pyramid of Giza.

"We're going to continue digging in this area and I believe that very soon we're going to discover something,” Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told BBC.

The priestess served the goddess of fertility Hathor and assisted women in childbirth, BBC reported.

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