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Archaeologists discover five tombs in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis

| Updated: March 29, 2022 17:27:25


Egyptian archaeologist speaks inside the tomb of a woman named Petty who was responsible for the King's beautification and the priest of Hathor, at a recently discovered tomb at the Saqqara area, in Giza, Egypt, March 19, 2022. REUTERS/Hanaa Habib Egyptian archaeologist speaks inside the tomb of a woman named Petty who was responsible for the King's beautification and the priest of Hathor, at a recently discovered tomb at the Saqqara area, in Giza, Egypt, March 19, 2022. REUTERS/Hanaa Habib

Archaeologists have discovered five ancient tombs adorned with well-preserved paintings at a cemetery in Saqqara, just outside the Egyptian capital Cairo, officials said on Saturday, Reuters reports.

The tombs belong to senior officials from the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate period, dating to more than four thousand years ago, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said.

Located near the pyramid of King Merenre I, they also contained large stone coffins, wooden coffins and other artefacts including small statues and pottery.

Saqqara, which lies south of the Great Pyramids of Giza, has provided a rich seam of archaeological discoveries in recent years.

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