3,200-year-old sarcophagus uncovered near Cairo

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(THE BLAZE) – Archaeologists excavating an ancient cemetery near Cairo have unearthed a 3,200-year-old sarcophagus belonging to a high-ranking official under Ramses II, reports Smithsonian Magazine.

Archaeologists describe the sarcophagus as a “dream discovery,” since finding a complete sarcophagus in its original tomb is incredibly rare, reports The Guardian.

Ola El Aguizy, emeritus professor of the faculty of archaeology at Cairo University, discovered the sarcophagus in the Saqqara necropolis. The Guardian reports that the sarcophagus is covered in inscriptions dedicated Ptah-em-wia, who headed the treasury of King Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs.

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