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Archaeologists in Egypt have [discovery / discovered] a huge cemetery hidden under the sands south of Cairo. The 2,000-year-old necropolis [were / was] found south of Egypt's [capital / capitals] in the Nile Valley city of Minya. The word necropolis is [from / for] ancient Greek and means "city of the dead". The necropolis [contents / contains] thousands of artifacts, including coffins and statues. Archaeologists started excavation work on the site [lately / late] last year. They found tombs [belong / belonging] to priests of Thoth. He was the ancient god of the moon and [wisdom / wise] . Thoth was also believed to be the [invention / inventor] of writing. Egypt's Antiquities Minister, Khaled al-Anani, said: "We will need at least five years to work on the necropolis. This is only the beginning of [a new / anew] discovery."

Mostafa Waziri, the head of the archaeological [dig / digger] , said he was very excited about the contents of the [sight / site] . He said he and his colleagues have uncovered eight [combs / tombs] so far. He [expects / experts] many more to be found soon. The tombs contain a [wealthy / wealth] of historic treasures. One tomb includes more than 1,000 statues and four pottery jars that contain the [domains / remains] of the internal organs of [importance / important] ancient Egyptians. Mr Waziri also said there were 40 sarcophagi. A sarcophagus is a stone coffin in which [dead / death] bodies were placed. Waziri hopes the new site will help to [attraction / attract] more tourists to Egypt. There has been a downturn in tourism since the revolution that took place [there / here] in 2011.

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