Ancient tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses II official discovered at Saqqara

Wall paintings were found in the tomb. The best preserved shows cattle and other animals being led to slaughter. (Image credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)

A tomb dating back over 3,200 years that was built for a senior official of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs has been discovered at Saqqara, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Oct 30.

Inscriptions found in the tomb say that Ptah-M-Wia, the person buried there, held a number of positions including head of the treasury and chief supervisor of livestock during the reign of pharaoh Ramesses II (reign 1279–1213 B.C.), who expanded Egypt’s empire as far as modern-day Syria. Ramesses II was also known for his building endeavors including the expansion of Karnak Temple, archaeologists said in a statement from the Egyptian ministry. Ptah-M-Wia was head of the treasury centuries before the invention of minted coins; at that time people made payments with goods, rations or precious metals.

This tomb dating back over 3,200 years was built for an official named Ptah-M-Wia. He was a senior official during the reign of pharaoh Ramesses II.

In the remains of Ptah-M-Wia’s tomb, archaeologists found a series of wall paintings showing people leading cattle and other animals to be slaughtered. This scene could be related to Ptah-M-Wia’s position as livestock supervisor. It does not appear that any human remains were found in the tomb so far.

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