November 22, 2021
An Egyptian mission from Cairo University has discovered a tomb in Saqqara belonging to the royal treasurer called Ptah-m-wiah, who worked during the reign of Ramses II. The tomb dates to the end of the 2nd millennium BCE, between c. 1279-1213 BCE.
Dr. Ola El-Aguizy, the director of the archaeological mission that unearthed the tomb, said that this discovery is a unique find in the area, making another addition to the tombs belonging to high officials in Saqqara from Ramses II’s reign. She also highlighted that Ptah-m-wiah held other titles, including royal scribe, chief supervisor of livestock, and government’s main administrator of divine offerings at Thebes, thus making him a very powerful official.
The tomb consists of a large entrance, with decorative scenes depicting Ptah-m-wiah’s life, and two chambers. One of the surviving wall scenes represents a procession of people holding various offerings and a slaughtering scene of a calf.