Egypt discovers ancient Kingdom cemetery

A worker digs into a tomb on the Gizé Plateau, southeast of Cairo, on May 4, 2019.

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry, unveiled on Saturday a 4,500-year-old cemetery near the Pyramids of Giza, containing colorful wooden coffins and limestone statues dating back to the Old Kingdom.

The site, situated on the southeast face of the Giza Plateau, contains tombs from various periods, but the oldest is a limestone tomb of the fifth dynasty family (around 2500 BC), the ministry announced.

An AFP photographer, who was allowed access to the tomb, saw inscriptions on the walls, painted wooden sarcophagi and sculptures of animals and humans.

The ministry said the tomb was for two people: Behnui-Ka, who had seven titles that included Priest, Judge, and "Nwi", also known as Chief of the Great State and "purifier" of Pharaoh Khafre. This one, known by the old Greeks as Khefren, built the second of the three famous pyramids of Giza.

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