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Egyptian team finds trove of ancient artifacts

February 9, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities says that one of its teams has found a cache of artifacts dating to roughly 600 B.C. in a northern Nile Delta province of the country.

Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim says in a statement Sunday that the team found 43 amulets, a gold-plated mummy mask and nearly 600 small funerary statues inside a pharaonic cemetery in the northern Dakahliya province. Archaeologists also found a cartouche engraved with the name of King Psammeticus I, a pharaoh from the 26th dynasty, the statement said.

According to the statement, one of the amulets is special because it depicts a trinity of three Ancient Egyptian gods — Amun, Horus and Nephthys. Head of Antiquities Ali Al-Asfar says that archaeologists also uncovered two other tombs in the area.

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