Abousir (Egypte): Skeleton from 5th ancient Egyptian dynasty found

A well preserved skeleton of a top governmental official from the fifth dynasty unearthed

Nevine El-Aref 

Source - http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/97465/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Skeleton-from-th-ancient-Egyptian-dynasty-found-in.aspx

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A skeleton of a top ancient Egyptian official unearthed in Abusir (Photo: the Supreme Council of Antiquities)

A Czech archaeological team working on a site in Abusir on Monday unearthed the skeleton of a top governmental official, referred to as Nefer during studies carried out in his tomb after it was discovered last year.

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Nefer held several titles in the royal palace and the government during the reign of the fifth dynasty king, Nefereer-Ka-Re. He was the priest of the king's funerary complex, the supervisor of the royal documents scribes and also of the house of gold.

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Egypt's antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the skeleton was found inside the deceased's sarcophagus, which was carved in limestone. A stone head rest was found under the skeleton's head.

Ali El-Asfar, head of the ministry's ancient Egyptian antiquities section, told Ahram Online that the tomb – discovered last year by the Czech mission led by Mirislav Barta – is an unfinished rock-hewn tomb within a funerary complex and consists of four corridors, with the eastern one devoted to Nefer and the other three for his family members.

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Also found were five burial wells and a limestone false door engraved with the deceased's different titles.