Archaeologists Find Tomb Of Pharaoh's Unknown Queen In Egypt

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Archaeologists Find Tomb Of Pharaoh's Unknown Queen In Egypt

Czech archaeologists said the tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian queen believed to be the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled the country 4,500 years ago has been found.

The tomb was found in Pharaoh Neferefre's funeral complex in Abu-Sir, south-west of Cairo and is thought to belong to the ruler's wife or mother, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said the queen's name, Khentakawess, was found inscribed on a wall in the necropolis.

"This would make her Khentakawess III as two previous queens with the same name have already been identified," Damaty said.

Miroslav Barta, head of the Czech Institute of Egyptology's mission which made the discovery, said the location of the queen's tomb convinced archaeologists that she was the pharaoh's wife.

Archaeologists also found about 30 utensils made of limestone and copper.

"The discovery would help us shed light on certain unknown aspects of the Fifth Dynasty which along with the Fourth Dynasty witnessed the construction of the first pyramids," said the ministry.

Abu-Sir was used as an Old Kingdom cemetery for ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

CAIRO (Bernama)