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5600-year-old Tomb Discovered in Egypt
May 09, 2014

In Egypt archaeologists have unearthed a 5,600-year-old preserved tomb and mummy predating the Pharaonic First Dynasty. This is a discovery that will shed new light on the pre-dynastic era.

The tomb was built before the rule of king Narmer, the founder of the First Dynasty who unified Upper and Lower Egypt in the 31th century BCE. The tomb was discovered in the Kom al-Ahmar region, between Luxor and Aswan, on the site found an ivory statue of a bearded man and the mummy of the tomb's owner, who appeared to have died in his late teenage years. The archaeologists also found 10 ivory combs as well as tools, blades and arrow heads. The tomb's preserved state will provide new information on pre-dynastic rituals.

The tombs of king Narmer and king Ka, a pre-dynastic Pharaoh who paved the way to Egypt's unification, were previously discovered in Hierakonpolis.

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