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Archaeologists in Egypt Uncover Nearly 4,500-Year-Old Tomb of a Pharaonic Priest
A close up of a drawing depicting priest Rudj-Ka and his wife inside a newly discovered tomb, south of the Pyramid's builders necropolis, in Egypt. Archaeologists have discovered a tomb dating back 4,500 years near Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture announced on 18 October 2010. The tomb belonged to priest Rudj-Ka who lived during the Fifth Dynasty (2374BC-2513BC). He was responsible for the cult in the temple belonging to the Chephren pyramid. The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, said that a set of colourful patterns and drawings were found on the walls of the tomb representing Rudj-Ka and his wife, and depicting scenes from their daily life. Hawass also pointed out that the tomb is the first to be found in this area and that it is very unique because of its distinguished architectural design. EPA/SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES.
CAIRO (AP).- Egypt's antiquities authority says archaeologists have unearthed a nearly 4,500-year-old tomb of a pharaonic priest close to the Giza Pyramids.

Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass says the discovery could indicate a larger necropolis near the Giza plateau where the three famed pyramids are located.

The tomb dates to the 5th Dynasty, 2465-2323 B.C., belonged to Rudj-ka, a priest who headed the mortuary cult of the pharaoh Khafre, builder of the second largest of the Giza Pyramids.

Khafre died around 2494 B.C., but the cult of worship of pharaohs sometimes lasted after their deaths, Hawass said in a Monday statement.

Hawass said the tomb's walls were decorated with painted reliefs showing Rudj-ka with his wife in front of offerings.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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