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Egypt archaeologists find large 'city of the dead'






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Archaeologists have found a big cemetery under the sand south of Cairo, Egypt. It is a 2,000-year-old necropolis - a "city of the dead". The necropolis has many coffins and statues. Archaeologists started digging there last year. They found tombs belonging to Thoth. He was a god of the moon and wisdom. People think he invented writing. Egypt's government said: "We will need at least five years to work....This is only the beginning of a new discovery."

Mostafa Waziri, the head of the dig, said his team uncovered eight tombs. He expects to find more. The tombs contain historic treasures. One includes over 1,000 statues, pottery jars and other things. Mr Waziri also said there were 40 sarcophagi. A sarcophagus is a stone coffin. He hopes the new site will help to bring more tourists to Egypt. Fewer have come since the revolution that took place there in 2011.

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