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American Archeologists Discover Possible Pharaoh's Tomb in Upper Egypt

An American team has discovered an ancient tomb that officials say is the first find in Egypt's Valley of the Kings since King Tut's tomb was opened in 1922.

Archeologists from the University of Memphis in Tennessee made the discovery.

An Egyptian government statement did not say whether the tomb belongs to Egyptian pharaohs, but the Valley of the Kings was the burial ground for many ancient Egyptian kings.

An Egyptian official, Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass, says the tomb contains five mummies with funeral masks lying inside their sarcophagi. The five sarcophagi are surrounded by more than 20 large storage jars that are still sealed.

Most of the tombs previously excavated in the Valley of the Kings were plundered in ancient times.

The new find is near King Tut's tomb.

Some information for this report provided by AP.