An archaeology team from Czech Republic recently made a great discovery in Egypt as they uncovered an intriguing tomb of a previously unknown queen, CNN reported. The location of the tomb is in an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo in Abusir, home to the famous pyramid of Pharaoh Neferefre, who ruled more than 4,500 years ago. The tomb was found in Neferefre’s funeral complex thus it is estimated that it possibly belongs to the queen was Neferefre’s wife, though it has not yet been officially confirmed.
Egypt’s Antiquities Minister “Mamdouh el-Damaty” called the queen “Khentakawess III”. That is the “first time we have discovered the name of this queen who had been unknown before the discovery of her tomb”. The tomb features an inscription that indicates its owner, “King’s Wife”. Archaeologists also found about 30 utensils made from limestone and copper. “This discovery will help us shed light on certain unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty, which along with the Fourth Dynasty, witnessed the construction of the first pyramids”, el-Damaty stated.
Miroslav Barta, who is leading the expedition of the Czech team, described the importance of the find that along with other findings in the area, “give away” invaluable information on that period of time in Egypt: “This is another significant discovery in the last few years that have repeatedly confirmed that the Abusir necropolis provides a number of unique sources for the reconstruction of major epochs of ancient Egyptian history”.