Japanese Archeologists Find Three 4,500 Year-Old Tombs in Egypt

Published June 26th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A team of Japanese archeologists excavating near the Giza Pyramids have discovered three 4,500-year-old tombs, one containing a skeleton in a sitting position, the Egyptian antiquities authorities said in Cairo Monday. 

The walk-in limestone tombs each contained open burial holes in the ground, including one with the skeleton, Gaballah Ali Gaballah, the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told the official Al-Ahram newspaper. 

The skeleton was seated cross-legged with the head turned north and the front facing east, Gaballah said. 

The discovery was made in the area just south of the three pyramids of Giza, which is adjacent to Cairo. 

The tombs date back to the Old Kingdom, around 2700-2300 years before Christ, officials said - CAIRO (AFP) 

 

 

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