An­cient Egyp­tian tombs yield rare scarab bee­tles

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SAQQARA, Egypt: Ar­chae­ol­o­gists in Egypt said on Satur­day they had dis­cov­ered a rare col­lec­tion of mum­mi­fied scarab bee­tles, as well as an ap­par­ently pris­tine Fifth Dynasty tomb that they plan to open in the com­ing weeks.

The mum­mi­fied bee­tles were among arte­facts found in seven tombs dis­cov­ered over the past six months on the edge of the King Userkaf pyra­mid com­plex at the an­cient necrop­o­lis of Saqqara, south of Cairo.

As they were pre­par­ing the site to present the lat­est dis­cov­er­ies, ar­chae­ol­o­gists found the door of an­other tomb that re­mains sealed, Mostafa Waziri, Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Egypt’s Supreme Coun­cil of An­tiq­ui­ties, told re­porters.

The tomb dates from the Fifth Dynasty of the Old King­dom and is un­usual be­cause the fa­cade and door are in­tact, mean­ing its con­tents may still be un­touched, said Mo­hamed Youssef, di­rec­tor of the Saqqara area.

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