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Egypt re-opens old curved pyramid for visitors, reveals new finds

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the bent pyramid of King Sneferu, the first pharaoh of Egypt's fourth dynasty, and a nearby pyramid would be reopened for visitors for the first time since 1965.

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updated:July 14, 2019, 3:54 PM IST

Egypt re-opens old curved pyramid for visitors, reveals new finds
People are walking in front of the curved pyramid of Sneferu, which was reopened after restoration work, in Dahshur, south of Cairo, Egypt, July 13, 2019. (Image: REUTERS)

Egypt: Egypt opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo on Saturday and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some of which contain well-preserved mummies.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the bent pyramid of King Sneferu, the first pharaoh of Egypt's fourth dynasty, and a nearby pyramid would be reopened for visitors for the first time since 1965.

He also said that a team of archaeologists had uncovered sarcophagi and the remains of an ancient wall from the Middle Kingdom about 4000 years ago.

The finds were made during excavation work in the royal necropolis of Dahshur on the west bank of the Nile, in an area where some of the oldest pyramids of Egypt live.

"Several stones, clay and wooden sarcophagi were found and some contain mummies in good condition," the ministry of antiquity said in a statement.

The old wall extends about 60 meters and is located south of the pyramid of the 12th dynasty Pharaoh King Amenemhat II, also in the necropolis of Dahshur.

The finds also include funerary masks and tools that date back to the Late Period – which lasted nearly 300 years until the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 BC – used for stone cutting, the ministry said.

In recent years, Egypt has sought to promote archaeological discoveries throughout the country to breathe new life into tourism, which was hit by the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising.

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