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Egypt Opens 10 Tombs, 3 Pyramids

March 08, 1998|FROM TIMES WIRES

CAIRO — Egypt last week opened 10 Pharaonic tombs and three small pyramids at Giza to the public for the first time ever, hoping to lure back tourists frightened by the November massacre of 58 travelers by Muslim militants.

The Giza pyramids, about 300 miles north of the massacre site, are getting only a quarter of their usual visitors, officials said.

Of the three pyramids opened last week, the largest is for Pharaoh Cheops' mother, Queen Hetepheres. The 10 tombs, discovered in 1924, were for judges and other aides to the Pharaohs who ruled Egypt more than 4,000 years ago.

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