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Egypt opens six ancient tombs to visitors
Cairo, May 24, 2011
Egypt, which has lost around $2
billion in tourism revenue due to the political turmoil which
forced president Hosni Mubarak to resign, has now opened six
ancient tombs to visitors.
Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawaas said the tombs
in Saqqara area, southwest of Cairo, dated back to the New
Kingdom period (1580 B.C. to 1150 B.C.), Xinhua reported.
The tombs also include that of Horemheb, a general who seized
power at the end of the 18th Dynasty (1550 B.C. to 1292 B.C.),
and the tomb of Maya, who was a minister in the era of King
Tut, the official MENA news agency said.
The tombs had just undergone renovation, including
architectural restoration of artefacts to their original
places, Hawaas said.