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Two 4,300-year-old tombs unveiled near Cairo

December 23, 2008

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 said Monday.
The rock cut tombs were built for high officials — one responsible for the quarries used to build the nearby pyramids and other for a woman in charge of procuring entertainers for the pharaohs.

“We announce today a major, important discovery at Saqqara, the discovery of two new tombs, dating back to 4,300 years ago,” said Zahi Hawass, as he showed reporters around the site Monday. “The discovery of the two tombs are the beginning of a big, large cemetery.”

The discovery indicates that there is even more to the vast necropolis of Saqqara located 12 miles south of the capital, Cairo, he added.

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