5,000-year-old cemetery found in Egypt

July 6th, 2008 - 8:33 am ICT by IANS  

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Cairo, July 6 (Xinhua) A 5,000-year-old royal burial ground has been discovered by an Egyptian archaeological mission in southern Egypt, the official MENA news agency has reported. The ancient cemetery was found in Umm el-Ga’ab area, south of the historical city of Abydos in Sohag governorate, about 400 km south of Cairo, the report said Saturday.

The burial ground, which contains 13 tombs, is believed to be of senior royal employees or people who contributed to the construction of the cemetery.

The team of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities also found objects of an ancient Egyptian game called “Senet”, which resembles modern chess.

According to the report, this is for the second time the “Senet” game has been discovered. The first one was found in the tomb of boy King Tutankhamen near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.
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