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

(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.

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)
This photo released by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities shows recently discovered statues found in a complex of tombs south of Cairo.   (AP Photo/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)
This image shows three recently discovered statues found in a complex of tombs, including one of a pharaonic princess, in the Abusir region, south of Cairo.   (AP Photo/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)
This photo shows recenttly discovered statues of two men and a woman in tombs south of Cairo.   (AP Photo/Egypt's Supreme Council Of Antiquities)
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