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2,500-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

December 18, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Archeologists unveiled Sunday the tomb of a member of a powerful family that governed a swath of western Egypt about 2,500 years ago, along with a dozen recently discovered mummies from Roman times.

The mummies are among 400 to 500 found in what Egypt has dubbed the Valley of the Golden Mummies -- grounds where thousands were believed entombed.

The rare limestone sarcophagus that held Badi-Herkhib -- the elder brother of a governor of Bahariya who lived about 500 BC -- is several inches thick and weighs an estimated 15 tons.

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