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Archaeologists unearth 5 centuries-old Pharaonic tombs in Egypt. See video

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Archaeologists have discovered 5 finely decorated, well-preserved paintings at a cemetery in Saqqara, just outside the Egyptian capital Cairo, officials said on Saturday.

The five tombs, unearthed earlier this month, date back to the Old Kingdom (1570 B.C. and 1069 B.C.) and the First Intermediate Period that spanned more than a century after the collapse of the old kingdom, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

 

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Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Egyptian archaeologists started excavation on the site in September.

The tombs, he said, were for senior officials including regional rulers and supervisors of the palace in ancient Egypt.

“All of those five tombs are well-painted, well-decorated. Excavations did not stop. We are planning to continue our excavations. We believe that we can find more tombs in this area,” he told reporters.

The tombs were found near the Step Pyramid of Djoser, in the Saqqara necropolis, 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Cairo.

Footage, shared on the ministry’s social media pages, showed burial shafts leading to the tombs. Walls were seen decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions, images of sacred animals and after-life items used by ancient Egyptians.

 

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The Saqqara site is part of a sprawling necropolis at Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis that includes the famed Giza pyramids as well as smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1970s.

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Former Miss Malawi barred from hand over ceremony over improper dressing

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Former Miss Malawi, Tionge Munthali, was on Saturday, barred from a ceremony where she was supposed to hand over her crown to the new winner, Jessica Jescar Mponda, due to her mode of dressing which was seen by organisers as improper.

According to Malawi24, the unending drama surrounding the Miss Malawi Beauty Pageant which saw some of the organisers indicted on sexual harassment allegations, took a different dimension when the former crown holder was barred from the stage for being inappropriately dressed.

“There was a lot going behind the scenes. They ditched tradition all together. Tionge was there and ready to pass on the crown,” the influential platform wrote.

“Our source said that the organisers said her dress was not modest enough to appear before the First Lady who was the Special Guest.

“There was a lot of control because the event had the Malawi First Lady, Monica Chakwera, was the main guest. State house had much to say,” the platform added.

“A photo of the former Queen has been trending on the Internet showing her in a strapless dress with a split running to the thigh,” it wrote.

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Egypt discovers Greco-Roman funeral building dating back centuries

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The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced the discovery of a massive Greco-Roman massive funeral building in Fayoum Province, south of the capital Cairo, dating back several centuries.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry said the discovery was made in an Egyptian archaeological mission at the site of Garza Cemetery in Fayoum which started in 2016.

“Several portraits, a statute of Isis-Aphrodite, a combination of the Egyptian Goddess Isis and the Greek Aphrodite, a wooden coffin, human-shaped coffins and papyrus-made records that refer to the social, economic, and religious conditions of the inhabitants of that period, were found inside the building,” the Ministry said.

“The funeral building‘s floor is made of colorful and decorated limestone tiles leading to a narrow street, with remains of four columns found inside the funeral house,” the statement added.

According to history, Garza village which was known as Philadelphia in the Greek era, was established in the third century BC as a central area for a desert reclamation project by King Ptolemy II Philadelphus, also known posthumously as Ptolemy the Great, for securing food resources, according to the statement.

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