Ancient Princess' Tomb Found Near Cairo
Shert Nebti died around 2500 BC
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2012 9:58 AM CDT
This image released by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities shows a recently discovered statue in a complex of tombs, including one of a pharaonic princess, south of Cairo.   (AP Photo/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)

(Newser) – Archaeologists have unearthed the 4,500-year-old tomb of a Pharaonic princess south of Cairo. The burial site of Princess Shert Nebti is surrounded by the tombs of four high officials, and it dates from the fifth dynasty (around 2500 BC) in the Abu Sir complex near the famed step pyramid of Saqqara. The antechamber to the tomb of the princess includes four limestone columns and hieroglyphic inscriptions with her name and titles. Further excavation is needed before the tomb can be opened to the public.

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Nov 3, 2012 2:14 PM CDT
I can't stand whenever they find and start digging up my relatives
Nov 3, 2012 11:37 AM CDT
Being stuck in an underground tomb for 4500 years? How do people live like that?
Nov 3, 2012 10:08 AM CDT
Now that Zawi Hawass got fired, they'll be making many more discoveries than they did before. Although, I'm still not sure how I feel about digging them all up. What exactly are they learning about mankind with each discovery? I think it's more tomb raiding at this point. They use the artifacts discovered to put on display = make more money = pay for more digging. What's the difference in digging up these graves and someone buried 5 years ago. Maybe they should, you know, let them rest in peace?