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Ancient Tomb of Royal Pharaonic Scribe Discovered in Egypt

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A royal Pharaonic scribe’s lavishly decorated tomb was discovered in Egypt. Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

An intricately adorned tomb was discovered by Czech Egyptologists working in the Abusir area, Egypt. It belongs to the previously unknown figure pf Djehuti-imhat, a prominent royal Pharaonic scribe in ancient Egypt.

The Czech archaeological mission, conducted by the Faculty of Letters at Charles University in Prague, located the tomb in Abusir, situated between Giza and Ṣaqqarah in northern Egypt.

Following an in-depth examination of the skeletal remains, it was unveiled that Djehuti-imhat, whose existence dates back to approximately the first millennium BC, passed away at the youthful age of 25.

The analysis also disclosed that he suffered from a severe case of osteoporosis. The tomb’s unveiling is expected to contribute to an enhanced comprehension of the historical narratives and traditions of ancient Egypt, as emphasized by the Czech Institute of Egyptology.

Secretary General of the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, also underlined the significance of the discovery. The burial chamber of Djehuti-imhat, an enigmatic figure from the twenty-seventh dynasty, contain many intricate scenes and hieroglyphics.

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The burial chamber of Djehuti-imhat contains many intricate scenes and hieroglyphics. Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Professor Miroslav Bárta, the Director of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, provided insights into the structure of the tomb. He described it as a well-shaped chamber that culminated in a burial room.

As reported, the area in the necropolis where the tomb was unearthed had previously revealed the ancient burials of distinguished officials and military leaders.

Recent Remarkable Discoveries of Tombs

Recently, one of the most remarkable discoveries concerning ancient tombs occurred. Archeologists unlocked a 2,600-year-old Etruscan tomb in Vulci, central Italy. The tomb, with two well-preserved rooms, revealed valuable items and ancient remains.

The excavation, led by the Vulci Foundation, faced challenges in opening the tomb due to tufa stone slabs blocking the entrance.

Dating back to the 7th century BC, the first chamber contained Etruscan wine amphorae, while the second one held ceramics from Greek areas such as Ionia and Corinth, alongside local black bucchero pottery. Experts suggested that two of the amphorae originated from the Greek island of Chios, renowned for producing esteemed wine in the ancient world.

Another ancient tomb, believed to date back to the Mycenean Era, was recently unearthed near Amphikleia in Central Greece’s Phthiotis region. This finding suggests the possible existence of a previously unknown Mycenean settlement near the ruins of the ancient town of Tithronium.

According to archaeologist Dr. Petros Kounouklas, who led the excavations in winter 2022, this tomb represents the first evidence of a Mycenean tholos (vaulted) tomb in Phthiotis.

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