Archaeologists In Egypt Uncovered A 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Complete With Perfectly Preserved Paintings

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It’s March 2019 in Egypt, and a team of archaeologists are excavating an ancient burial ground. Thousands of years ago, the early pharaohs were laid to rest in this sprawling necropolis, buried beneath tombs and pyramids that would keep their secrets as dynasties rose and fell. But now, their stories are finally being told.

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Since the 19th century, excavators have combed the ruins of Saqqara, searching for relics from the region’s fascinating past. During Egypt’s First Dynasty, the earliest nobles were buried here, and thousands of years worth of history lies hidden somewhere beneath the arid, rocky ground.

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Meanwhile, in July 2018 a gilded burial mask was found at Saqqara – the first in a string of recent revelations that have put work here firmly under the spotlight. And now, another fascinating discovery has been made. Here, archaeologists have found a tomb in a remarkable state of preservation, despite its staggering age.

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