Also known as Khenu, this fifth dynasty official was a direct employee of either the pharaoh Menkauhor or Djedkare, just before the reign of Unas. His secret tomb was discovered in 1940 almost immediately to the south of the causeway leading to Unas’ broken pyramid in Saqqara. After side-stepping a number of false doors, researchers finally gained access to the tomb, where they were able to learn much more about this man who served between 2500BC and 2350BC.
Egypt researcher Ryan Woodside revealed during his Amazon Prime show “Egypt Through the Ages” how they discovered Irukaptah was the head butcher at the time.
The 2018 series revealed: “This is a very special tomb, so come look – it’s such full colour.
“And all these statues of him represent him at different stages in his life.
“Irukaptah was the head butcher in the fifth dynasty.
“What’s really interesting is he was buried – and the Egyptians did this quite a lot – alongside things he needed in the afterlife.
“As Irokata was the butcher, he was buried with hoards of raw meat.”
Mr Woodside then revealed how evidence of this can still be seen today, before issuing a warning to those interested in visiting.
He added: “The strange thing is, when you go into his tomb even today, the meat smell is still there.
“It’s crazy to think that something [that happened] like 4,000 years ago we can still smell how that tomb smelt.
“He was buried with meat – wow – and look at his ceiling, even his ceiling is still painted.
“But don’t be fooled by the beauty of this tomb.
“It is rumoured to be highly haunted, so treat it with the utmost respect if allowed to enter.”
The ancient Egyptians are still shrouded with mystery today.
Archaeologists also recently found the “ghost of Unas” inscribed on the wall of his pyramid.
Bettany Hughes was granted access for the first time in more than two decades during the filming of her Channel 5 documentary “The Nile: Egypt’s Great River”.
She then detailed the story the walls told.
She said: “Not only did Unas tell us that he was the most powerful king, but he had divine powers and what he’s saying here is that it’s him that caused the Nile to flood.
“This is not a man I would have liked to have met in the flesh and it seems although he isn’t here – we don’t ave his body.
“But there’s something that’s recently been discovered.
“If you look on the wall, there indented in, is the ghost of Unas, so he’s still here with us.”