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Egyptian and Czech archaeologists opened the intact sarcophagus of a priest entombed for between 2,400-2,600 years at Abu Sir

 

Egyptian and Czech archaeologists opened the intact sarcophagus of a priest entombed for between 2,400-2,600 years at Abu Sir, near Cairo on Friday (27/2). The priest's tomb was the first from the pharaonic era to be found unviolated in more than 60 years. The sarcophagus, or stone coffin, was lifted from the tomb in which it was discovered buried 28 meters (84 feet) under the ground in 1996 by Czech archaeologists. A casket was also found in the 20-tonne sarcophagus which will be opened in the next few weeks but should contain, according to inscriptions found in the tomb, the mummified remains of Iuf-Aa, "a priest with administrative responsibilties" and "the head of the royal court" at the end of the 26th dynasty, from 666 to 524 BC.