Egypt Discovers Tomb of Pharaoh's Daughter

Ancient burial chamber is the latest find at royal Dahshur site
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2017 8:31 AM CDT
Updated May 11, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Twin pyramids at Dahshur are seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, file)
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(Newser) – Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered what is believed to be the 3,700-year-old burial chamber of a pharaoh's daughter. The discovery is about 2,000 feet from a pyramid recently unearthed at the ancient royal site of Dahshur, south of Cairo. Inside a chamber at the necropolis, diggers found a wooden box engraved with hieroglyphs containing four canopic jars filled with organs. Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says in a release the tomb's occupant was likely the daughter of King Emnikamaw of the 13th Dynasty; the organs are likely hers, reports the BBC. Last month, archaeologists uncovered a relief with 10 lines of hieroglyphs and Emnikamaw's name, along with the remains of a sarcophagus.

One of the most impressive sites in Egypt, Dahshur sits on the west bank of the Nile River and is perhaps best known as home to the 341-foot Red Pyramid, the first smooth-sided pyramid, per the BBC. King Sneferu, of the 4th Dynasty, built it some 4,600 years ago, along with the nearby sharp-angled Bent Pyramid. Sneferu's heir, Khufu, built the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. (This "impressive" pharaoh statue was found in a Cairo slum.)

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