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World - Africa

Archaeologists find new treasures of ancient Egypt

January 9, 1999
Web posted at: 6:38 p.m. EST (2338 GMT)

GIZA, Egypt (CNN) -- Archaeologists have uncovered new treasures of ancient Egypt: three exquisitely preserved wooden statues of a royal palace official, a small pyramid of an Old Kingdom queen and part of the queen's temple.

"This discovery proves that you never know what the sand of Egypt hides in secrets," said Professor Zahi Hawass, director of the antiquities-rich Giza plateau.

Hawass said the three 4,200-year-old statues, found in the desert near Sakkara near the famous stepped pyramid of Pharaoh Zoser, depicted a palace official engaged in different tasks.

"I believe that they will be one of the treasures of the Cairo museum," he said.

In the same area, Hawass' team uncovered the small pyramid of Queen Khaiut, wife of King Teti of the Old Kingdom's Sixth Dynasty, along with part of her temple.

"This would tell us about the queen's cult," the director said.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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