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Two Egyptian Pyramids Opened to the Public for the First Time since 1965

A few weeks ago, Egyptian authorities allowed tourists to access two pyramids in Dahshur, south of Cairo and unveiled a collection of sarcophagi, some of which have mummies in a good state of conservation.

A pyramid built for Pharaoh Sneferu, the founder of the fourth dynasty of the Pharaohs of Egypt, and a neighboring one were accessible to the public for the first time since 1965, announced Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani.

The sarcophagi were discovered during archaeological digs at Dahshur, the minister said.

“Several sarcophagi in stone, clay, and wood were discovered, some containing good mummies,” he said.

On the site of Dahshur, about an hour away from Cairo, on the Nile River, there are several pyramids.

An old wall, 60 meters long, south of another pyramid, that of Pharaoh Amenemhat II, was also opened, according to the minister.

Not far away, the excavations revealed funerary masks and tools for carving the stone, dating from 750 – 332 BC.

For several years, the Egyptian authorities have been regularly announcing archaeological discoveries with the aim, among other things, of relaunching tourism. It was considerably affected by political instability and attacks in the country, after the revolution of 2011. The sector has seen a relative improvement in 2018 and 2019.

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