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December 24, 2008

Two 4,300-year-old Egyptian tombs have been unveiled near Cairo

A pair of 4,300-year-old pharaonic tombs discovered at Saqqara indicate that the sprawling necropolis south of Cairo is even larger than previously thought.

Egypt's top archaeologist says the rock-cut tombs were built for high officials.
One was responsible for the quarries used to build the nearby pyramids and another for a woman in charge of procuring entertainers for the pharaohs.

Zahi Hawass says the discovery indicates there's even more to the vast necropolis of Saqqara, located 20 kilometres south of the capital, Cairo.

In the past, excavations have focused on just one side of the two nearby pyramids - the Step Pyramid of King Djoser and that of Unas, the last king of the 5th Dynasty.
The area where the two tombs were found, to the southwest, has been largely untouched. Continue reading

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