4,000-year-old tomb unearthed in Egypt
"The statuettes (are of) the best quality of their time. They are characterised by realistic touches and unusual details such as the dirty hands and feet of the brick makers."
- Harco Willems, team leader
Near Minya, Egypt - Belgian archaeologists have discovered the intact tomb of an Egyptian courtier who lived about 4,000 years ago, Egypt’s culture ministry said yesterday.
The tomb contained well-preserved painted wooden statuettes of workers making bricks, women making beer and pounding cereal, and a model of a boat with rowers, a ministry statement said.