Saqqara, Egypt, February 20, 2007
—Two 4,000-year-old wood statues depicting a scribe of divine records and his wife were the prime finds from a recently excavated mud-brick tomb near the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara, archaeologists announced on February 19.
The discovery was among several recent finds made in the cemetery south of Cairo, including the tomb of a royal cupbearer to the pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled before the famous boy king Tutankhamen. That tomb revealed colorful reliefs showing distinctive artistic features from Akhenaten's reign.
Also, a team of Japanese archaeologists announced the discovery of a pair of sarcophagi belonging to a priest and his female companion.
"It seems that Saqqara revealed this week lots of secrets, and there are many more under the sands," Zahi Hawass, of Egypt's Supreme Antiquities Council, told the Reuters news service.
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