The tomb of a priest that dates back over 4 millennia – possibly to the time Joseph arrived in Egypt – has been discovered on the site of Saqqara, near Cairo, by an archeological expedition, announced the Egyptian authorities on December 16, 2018.
The tomb of the priest named “Wahtye,” dates back to the 5th dynasty (between 2500 and 2300 B.C.), under the reign of Neferirkare, according to the Ministry of Antiquities.
The tomb is “exceptionally well preserved, colored, with sculptures on the inside” and “belongs to a high-ranking priest”, explained the Egyptian minister of Antiquities, Khaled el-Enany, to the AFP.
The tomb contains “scenes depicting the tomb’s owner with his mother, his wife and family, and a number of alcoves with large colored statues of the deceased man and his family,” he added.
In November, on the same site of Saqqara, the Egyptian authorities revealed the discovery of seven tombs, four of which dated back over 6,000 years, by the same Egyptian archeological expedition. The scientists found mummified beetles and cats.
The dates of the tomb are those of troubled times that historians on the Egypt of the Pharaohs call the First Intermediary Period and that marked the end of the Old Empire.
It is also the period of the episode of Joseph in Egypt recounted in Genesis 37-50, according to certain chronologies of the Bible. Egyptologists mention a great famine – similar to the one Joseph predicted to Pharaoh – as one of the causes that led to major political upheavals.