Egypt team hits archaeology jackpot

2014-02-10 09:30
Egyptian chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass explores the newly discovered tunnel. (AP, file)

Egyptian chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass explores the newly discovered tunnel. (AP, file)

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Cairo - Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says that one of its teams has found a cache of artefacts dating to roughly 600 BCE (Before Common Era) in a northern Nile Delta province of the country.

Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement on Sunday that the team found 43 amulets, a gold-plated mummy mask and nearly 600 small funerary statues inside a pharaonic cemetery in the northern Dakahliya province.

Archaeologists also found a cartouche engraved with the name of King Psammeticus I, a pharaoh from the 26th dynasty, the statement said.

According to the statement, one of the amulets is special because it depicts a trinity of three Ancient Egyptian gods - Amun, Horus and Nephthys.

Head of Antiquities Ali Al-Asfar said that archaeologists also uncovered two other tombs in the area.
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