Egypt says ancient cemetery found at Giza famed pyramids

This photo provided by Ministry of Antiquities shows an uncovered part of ancient cemetery at an area by the famed pyramids at the Giza plateau just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says Saturday the cemetery houses burial shafts and tombs of top officials and a fine limestone statue from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 B.C.). (Ministry of Antiquities via AP)

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered part of an ancient cemetery near the country's famed pyramids on the Giza plateau just outside Cairo

CAIRO — Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered part of an ancient cemetery near the country's famed pyramids on the Giza plateau just outside Cairo.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says Saturday the cemetery houses burial shafts and tombs of top officials and a fine limestone statue from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 B.C.).

Ashraf Mohi, the head of the Giza Plateau archaeological site, says scientists know that the cemetery had been reused extensively in the Late Period (664-332 B.C.), as archeologists found painted and decorated wooden anthropoid coffins, and wooden and clay funerary masks from that period.

Egypt has touted a series of archaeological finds recently, hoping such discoveries will spur tourism, which suffered a major setback during the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising.

Related News

Egypt archaeologists discover massive statue in...

Mar 10, 2017

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of pharaoh...

Libya's deepening split finds battleground at oil...

Mar 12, 2017

The fight for Libya's Ras Lanuf refinery and nearby Sidr depot threatens to spiral into open...

Second part of ancient Egyptian statue lifted...

Mar 13, 2017

The three-ton torso of a massive statue that may be of one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs has been...

Egyptian statue recently unearthed is not Ramses...

Mar 16, 2017

Egypt's antiquities minister says a massive statue recently discovered in Cairo and thought to be...

Egypt's famed pyramids get new lab to restore...

Mar 29, 2017

Egypt's famed Giza pyramids get largest on-site antiquities lab meant to restore second pharaonic...

In DC visit, Egypt's el-Sissi to test 'chemistry'...

Apr 2, 2017

Making his first official visit to Washington since taking office in 2014, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's...

Sign up now!