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This 4000-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tomb Was Just Uncovered But It Looks Freshly Painted

This 4000-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tomb Was Just Uncovered But It Looks Freshly Painted

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If there’s one thing I remember from high school history class, it’s that Egyptian tombs are really, really old. But that cold, hard fact hasn’t stopped a newly discovered tomb from looking fresh as hell on the inside.

The tomb was recently discovered in a massive necropolis in Saqqara, just south of Cairo in Egypt. It dates back more than 4000 years, but on the inside it looks like it’s 100 years old, max. I know 100 is still pretty old but it’s an ancient Egyptian tomb, what more do you want?


The leading theory is that the tomb was created for an important dignitary from the Fifth Dynasty named Khuwy, who may have been related to the pharaoh at the time.

Almost every inch of the walls inside the tomb are covered in amazing paintings. The paints are still remarkably vivid, and experts say that the colours were royal hues back in the day.

The tomb of Khuwy is built in an L-shape with a tunnelled entrance, a design that was usually reserved for pyramids. It was also found close to the pharaoh’s pyramid, and not just anyone was buried that close to royalty. Some of the paintings on the walls show Khuwy receiving offerings. Seems like Khuwy was kind of a big deal.


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It’s not the only discovery in Egypt that has experts scratching their heads. Archaeologists uncovered a 3200-year-old piece of cheese inside the tomb of an Ancient Memphis mayor, and a hidden room was recently discovered deep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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