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An archaeological team in Egypt has unearthed a 4500-year-old tomb complex next to a cemetery for those who built the Giza Pyramids. The oldest tomb, dating to ca. 2500 BC, belonged to two individuals named Behnui-Ka and Nwi. The hieroglyphic inscriptions give numerous titles to the two men: Behnui-Ka is called a priest, judge, and purifier of the Kings Khafre, Userkaf, and Niuserre, while Nwi is called the chief of the great state, the overseer of the new settlements, and the purifier of Khafre. Khafre was a pharaoh of the Old Kingdom who ordered the construction of one of the pyramids of Giza. Numerous artifacts were discovered in the tomb, including a limestone statue of one of the tomb's occupants and their sarcophagi, which were found intact and likely contain the remains of Behnui-Ka and Nwi. The cemetery complex which included the tomb was reused during the Late Period (after the eighth century BC). The Giza pyramids were built before any Hebrew people came to Egypt, although it is likely that Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and Moses all saw them during their time there.

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- http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/331045/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Old-Kingdom-tombs-discovered-on-Egypts-Giza-Platea.aspx
- https://www.livescience.com/65409-ancient-cemetery-by-giza-pyramids.html

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ABRT 28 | 8/1/2019