Like any monarch who has an extraordinary amout of responsibilities, the ancient Eyptian pharaoh also needs a friend who he can trust, share secrets with, and get advice from. - a true confidante. Usually these advisors (often the power behind the throne) are lost to history, but a tomb was found near a pyramid in Abusir that is the final resting place of someone in this exact role.
In the tomb there is a chapel and a statue where the dead man - Priest Kaires - is described as the "pharaoh's only friend" and "guardian of the secret of the House of Tomorrow". This last place was the place where the king dressed in the morning and had breakfast with his advisor.
The researchers from the Czech Institute of Egyptology at the University of Prague who discovered the tomb state that we don't know exactly which Pharaoh the priest worked for, although from the location it seems to be Neferirkare, who reigned from 2446 to 2438 BC. Kaires, a priest as well as a friend to the Pharaoh, according to the inscription in the statue, also supervised the other priests laid to rest in the pyramid.
The Discovery Of The Tomb Of Priest Kaires. https://t.co/bl9ZrqYZaK pic.twitter.com/5M40twZqax— CARAA (@CARAA_Center) October 4, 2018
The statue has other inscriptions that describe the person's many roles, from inspector of the works of the king to "principal of the House of Life". There is also a library said to be containing many papyruses containing the fundamental knowledge of the time and encompassing many matters. These documents have not been found, however, since they have not survived the years and the looting of the tomb.
The tomb of Kaires is too elaborate for a mere priest, so surely it was built for someone important to the pharaoh. The base is made of basalt, a material reserved only for the royalty. The location was also designated for tombs of the royal family or people of extreme importance and high rankings. There was a sarcophagus inside, but the mummy was not found. Since the place suffered robberies in past centuries it is possible that it will never be found.
Regardless, it's a significant and fascinating discovery!