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Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt

By Laura Dean
May. 8, 2014 7:51 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) - Archeologists have found a tomb dating back to around 1100 B.C. south of Cairo, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said Thursday.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the tomb belongs to a guard of the army archives and royal messenger to foreign countries. Ibrahim said the Cairo University Faculty of Archaeology's discovery at Saqqara adds "a chapter to our knowledge about the history of Saqqara."

Ola el-Egeizy of Cairo University said the tomb contains "very nice inscriptions" of the funerary procession and the afterlife of the deceased.

The tomb was found near another one dating back to the same period belonging to the head of the army that was discovered in the previous excavation season. That tomb was larger but much of what remains is mud bricks as "most of its stone blocks were stolen and many of them are in museums all over the world," said el-Egeizy. Because of the blocks, archaeologists had long known that the tomb existed though it was not uncovered until recently.

Saqqara was the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and site of the oldest known pyramid in Egypt.

Egypt's vital tourism industry has suffered in the wake of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.

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zrsz1 May 08 2014 at 1:14 PM

every morning I stop at the same place for my paper, the guy behind the counter is Egyptian,,,we always share a laugh about something, but I can't help but wondering when I leave if he's thinking: "ok white devil, one day I'm going slit your throat",,,

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chas and dot May 08 2014 at 2:45 PM

Google earth showed this tomb 2 years ago

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lbreamer May 08 2014 at 2:57 PM

Every little piece they uncover adds more & more to our knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians! It's all so fascinating!!!

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Kristine May 08 2014 at 2:57 PM

Why was this tomp not flooded??After all, it is important to tell children that the Bible god lost his temper and killed everyone on the planet by a flood .

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Mike May 08 2014 at 3:01 PM

I think it is so refreshing to see men wear dresses openly. Good for modern day Egypt!

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george.laforce Mike May 08 2014 at 3:21 PM

They're not dresses. They're robes!

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Mike george.laforce May 08 2014 at 3:52 PM

Whatever they need to tell themselves to sleep at night.

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madlyfem george.laforce May 08 2014 at 9:29 PM

He never read Harry Potter.

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bruzw Mike May 08 2014 at 3:50 PM

Honey, doese this robe make me look fat?

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bruzw bruzw May 08 2014 at 3:53 PM

oops... should have proofread that.

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madlyfem bruzw May 08 2014 at 9:30 PM

That is not the only problem with it.

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rgatesh May 08 2014 at 3:30 PM

Low and behold, they found Gideon's Bible!

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rgatesh rgatesh May 08 2014 at 3:32 PM

Gideon checked out, he left it no doubt, to aid in poor Rocky's revival.

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John rgatesh May 08 2014 at 5:11 PM

Wasn't he a detective on a recent TV show? CSI or FBI show.

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george.laforce May 08 2014 at 3:30 PM

You people need to read your Bible. Noah did not have sex with his daughters. He was a faithful servant of God. There was more than Noah and his family on the Ark. Gen. 6:19 says, "And of every living thing of ALL flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female."
God created all the different races on the sixth day and Adam on the 8th day. Read Genesis.

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paul m. May 08 2014 at 3:49 PM

Has been my dream to get to Egypt and so sad that conditions there will stop this from happening in the foreseeable future. Branford, CT

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knoxwarner paul m. May 08 2014 at 5:10 PM

When we found bin Laden, out of curiosity I looked up available real estate in his neighborhood, just to see what it was like. One thing led to another, and I found out you can rent an apartment in Cairo or Alexandria fairly cheap. The furnishings and decor are aggressively hideous, but it's probably cheaper and maybe a more rewarding experience than staying at a hotel.

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ilenedan2 May 08 2014 at 3:50 PM

Very cool. I would love to see them someday. I hope they have peace and again become a place foreigners can safely visit.

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John ilenedan2 May 08 2014 at 5:08 PM

Not going to happen. muslim terrorists will keep the area burning forever. Just hope that they stay there and don't come over here in numbers that will lead to bombings here. Oh. Wait. It already is happening here with those muslim terrorists from Boston.

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Wm Good May 08 2014 at 4:05 PM

Ancient Egypt was THE HUB of the ancient world. It ahd the Nile delta and very rich soil that could grow enough to feed millions and it did for centuries. That's why later the Greeks and then the Romans captured it. During the time of this tomb people from all over were flocking to Egypt and with so many people the Egyptians were able to put them to work building cities and mammoth monuments. Ancient Egypt was a society without money. They paid their workers in food and shelter.

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madlyfem Wm Good May 08 2014 at 9:22 PM

Really? So the Southern slave holders paid their "workers" in food and shelter?

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