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Queen Khentawakess III's Tomb

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Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen. The tomb was found in Abu-Sir, near Cairo, and is thought to belong to the wife or mother of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago during the Fifth Dynasty. Abu-Sir was used as an Old Kingdom necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. The tomb was discovered in Pharaoh Neferefre's funeral complex. Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said that her name, Khentakawess, had been found inscribed on a wall in the necropolis.

Mr Damaty explained that the discovery would help them shed light on unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty, which along with the Fourth Dynasty, saw the construction of the first pyramids.

The Czech archaeologists also found about 30 utensils made of limestone and copper. More here.

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Queen Khentakawess III's Tomb
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