The tomb of an ancient Egyptian dignitary has been discovered. He had access to secret documents

A team of archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,300-year-old tomb of a man named Mehteju. He was an official and

according to the hieroglyphs on his sarcophagus, he hadaccess to "secret" royal documents, the report said. Mehteju's tomb was found next to the Step Pyramid of Djoser, built about 4700 years ago in Saqqara.

It is no coincidence that Mehteju's tomb is located next to the Step Pyramid, the first pyramid built by the ancient Egyptians.

Fragment of painting at the entrance to the chapel. Photo: J. Dombrowski/CAŚ UW

Mehteju lived once during the reign of the firstthree pharaohs of the sixth dynasty: Teti (reigned c. 2323 BC - 2291 BC), Userkare (reigned c. 2291 BC - 2289 BC) .) and Pepi I (reigned c. 2289 BC - 2255 BC). Mehteju served one or more of these pharaohs. According to the statement, his other titles included "inspector of royal property" and he was also a priest of the funerary cult of Pharaoh Teti.

According to archaeologists, high social statusMehteju meant that he could hire skilled craftsmen to build the tomb. However, part of the stone turned out to be fragile and destroyed by erosion. Several restorers joined the project right during the excavations.

Relief image of the owner of the tomb on the facade. Photo: J. Dombrowski/CAŚ UW

The team plans to resume excavations in September and hope to find the tomb's burial chamber by then. It may contain the mummy of Mehteju.

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