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On February 3, 2018, a 4,400-year-old tomb was found in Egypt by archaeologists. The tomb was of a high-ranking priestess for the Hathor, the goddess of music and love.
The tomb of Hetpet, the high priestess under the goddess Hathor. It was found by archaeologists, who were looking around the pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. This was the first archaeological discovery of the year. The new tomb is expected to boost tourism in Egypt.
“‘Such scenes are rare… and have only been found previously in the [Old Kingdom] tomb of ‘Ka-Iber’ where a painting shows a monkey dancing in front of a guitarist, not an orchestra,’ Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, tells AFP,” the quote is from Smithsonian article about the tomb. The tomb is from the Old Kingdom; during this time, the Egyptians perfected the pyramid. Also, it was the only time they owned domestic monkeys.
The tomb was found in the burial ground called Saqqara Necropolis. The burial ground holds bodies from 2465-2323 B.C.E. They know it from this time because of the L-shape of the tomb. Archaeologists have been looking for the tomb of a high-ranking woman for over 100 years.