Egypt : new ancient tombs revealed

Members of an Egyptian archaeological team work on a wooden coffin discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis. Photo : AFP

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – A Czech archaeological mission on Monday unearthed in Egypt’s Giza Province a large sarcophagus of a famous architect who supervised the works of the Fifth Dynasty kings, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said.

“The sarcophagus was made of limestone and mud brick,” said Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, in a statement.

The Fifth Dynasty, along with the Third, Fourth and Sixth Dynasties form the Old Kingdom, dates back to between 2494 and 2345 BC.

A statue, which was broken into two parts and made of pink granite, was found inside the sarcophagus, Waziri said.

The statue sits on a chair wearing short dress and a wig, Waziri added.

The excavation and documentation work by the Czech mission will continue, he noted.

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