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Archaeologists discover new tomb in Giza

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Archaeologists discover new tomb in Giza

Tomb said to belong to top-ranking female official Hetpet
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Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo.

The tomb most likely belonged to a top-ranking female official.

Well-preserved wall paintings inside the tomb depict the woman standing in different hunting and fishing scenes.

Egypt's antiquities minister says archaeological missions are working throughout the country and more discoveries are expected in 2018.

"Today, it's the announcement of the first discovery of 2018," said Khaled Al-Anani. "It's a private tomb belonging to a lady called Hetpet. She was a high official and she had a strong link with the royal palace."

The tomb was discovered during excavation work at Giza western cemetery.

While Giza is most famous for its pyramids, the site also contains large cemeteries that archaeologists have been uncovering gradually for nearly two centuries.

Another tomb belonging to Heptet was found in the same area in 1909.