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Archaeologists have discovered over 100 ancient tombs in northern Egypt that could rewrite what we know about the countries ancient history.
The five-millennia old tombs were unearthed at the Kom Al-Khalejan archaeological site in Egypt’s Dakahlia Governorate in the region of Nile Delta.
The country's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the significant find of 110 graves by the team headed by Dr Sayed Al-Talhawi on April 27.
Among the graves were 68 oval tombs that have been linked to Egypt’s Predynastic era from 6000 to 3150 BC.
Thirty-seven rectangular tombs were also found at the site and have been dated back to Second Intermediate Period from 1650 to 1550 BC.
The remaining tombs are oval-shaped and have been dated to the Naqada III, or Protodynastic, Period from 3200 to 3000 BC, around the time hieroglyphs were recorded as the Egyptian's first language.
Some of the tombs contained the preserved remains of adults and children buried with goods for the afterlife and items of pottery.
According to the Independent, the new discoveries happening often in Egypt over the last few months are helping to reshape what we know about civilisation.
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Egypt’s famous archaeologist, Zahi Hawass told the publication: "We are rewriting history."
In November, the remains of an unknown Egyptian queen was discovered in a burial ground.
Hawass announced that "we are writing a new chapter in the history of the Old Kingdom by adding the name of a new queen of Teti that he never announced before."
Speculation rose around the queen who was later names as Neit as to whether she had been Teti's daughter or lover or both.
Incest is not a new theory for archaeologists studying Egyptian culture. It is believed that in their lore, the god Osiris had married his sister Isis. Pharaohs were widely believed to have married their sisters and daughters but that was during reigns later than Teti’s Sixth Dynasty.
Who knows what groundbreaking discoveries will come from these new tombs by the Egyptian government hope it will help to revive Egypt’s flailing tourism industry which has been struggling for over 10 years.
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