4,400-year-old tomb

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CAIRO — Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany announced the discovery of an “exceptionally well-preserved” tomb belonging to a Fifth Dynasty royal priest at Saqqara Necropolis near Giza’s pyramids.

“The Old Kingdom tomb is well preserved and the walls are decorated with colored scenes depicting the owner of the tomb with his mother, wife and family as well as a number of niches with large colored statues of the deceased and his family,” the minister told Xinhua.

The Old Kingdom is the period in the third millennium between 2686-2181 B.C., which is also known as the “Age of the Pyramids.”

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