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Archaeologists Unveil Newer Tombs South of Cairo


Archaeologists working south of Cairo have displayed ancient tombs and artifacts that are dated later than previous discoveries in the region.

Egypt's chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, Tuesday unveiled the tomb of a royal servant who died over 3,000 years ago, during a period known as the "New Kingdom." The tomb is in Saqqara, better known for pyramids and tombs that are 1,000 years older. The walls of the tomb are covered with painted murals.

The excavation director says he expects to find more New Kingdom tombs at the site.

Hawass also revealed 4,000-year-old coffins containing the mummies of a priest and his female companion buried near Egypt's oldest pyramid at Saqqara.

On Monday, Egyptian archaeologists announced the discovery of a rare double statue of a scribe and his wife dating back more than 4,000 years

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.