Tomb of wife of pharaoh discovered south of Cairo
Archeologicals during the digging - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The remains of a previously-unknown pharaonic queen have been discovered south west of Cairo in the Abu Sair area, by a team of archeologists from the Czech Institute of Egyptian antiquities in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities.

The tomb of Khantekaws III, dated to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, was found during an expedition that also discovered 24 limestone pots, four copper tools, and writings from workers in her burial chamber, Youm7 reported.

The titles for Khantekaws include “Wife of the King” and “Mother of the King.”

Dr. Miroslav Barta, the director of the Czech team, said this discovery shows the importance of women in the royal court, and may open the door to further studies, Youm7 reported.

Barta added that the discovered tomb is part of a small cemetery located to the south-east of the pyramid complex of King Ra, and she may have been his wife.

The Abu Sair area holds cemeteries and graves of a number of important paranoiac figures, ranging from the Third Dynasty to the Sixth.

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