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2,500-Year-Old Tombs Discovered in Cairo

November 18, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Archeologists have uncovered two tombs dating back more than 2,500 years in a part of Cairo where the ancient city of Heliopolis once stood, Egyptian antiquity authorities said.

One of the limestone tombs contained a sarcophagus and 16 statuettes, said the chief state archeologist for the Cairo-Giza area, Zahi Hawass.

The one tomb belonged to Waja-Hur, a builder. His name was engraved on the statuettes. The other tomb is to be opened today.

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