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Ancient Egyptian secret tomb uncovered

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    The tomb of Shepseskaf ‘ankh, Head of the Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt who dates to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom in Egypt. (Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs)

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    The entrance to the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt's top royal physicians. (Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs)

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    The excavations at the Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza. (Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs)

Excavations at Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza have revealed the tomb of Shepseskaf ‘ankh, Head of the Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt who dates to the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.

The physician's final resting place is "huge" for its time, vice head of the Ancient Egyptian Sector Ali ALasfar described. The limestone tomb is approximately 69 by 45 feet long and 13 feet high.

A large false door inside the chapel where the tomb was found carries the names and titles of the owner.

"Priest of Khnum" and "Priest of Magic," in addition to other titles are written on the eastern part of the tomb and show how the deceased physician was one of the most important royal physicians in Ancient Egypt.

This is the third tomb belonging to a physician to be discovered in Abusir Cemetery.