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Photos: 4,400 Year-old Tomb Complex in Egypt

Friend of the Pharaoh

A tomb complex dating back 4,400 years belonging to "Kaires," a priest who claimed to be "sole friend" to the pharaoh, has been discovered near a pyramid in Egypt.

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A tomb complex dating back 4,400 years belonging to a priest named Kaires, who claimed to be the "sole friend" to the pharaoh, has been discovered near a pyramid in Egypt. A statue showing Kaires was found in his tomb. [Read more about the Kaires tomb discovery]

The Complex

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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Kaires tomb complex can be seen from the nearby pyramid of Neferirkare. The tomb complex was built in an area reserved for royal family and high state dignitaries. It's possible that Neferirkare was the pharaoh who Kaires claimed to be "sole friend" to.

Special materials

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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Kaires tomb complex includes a chapel, pictured here. The chapel was paved with basalt stones, a material normally reserved exclusively for pharaohs.

A grand entrance

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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A close-up view showing the entrance to the tomb chapel at the Kaires tomb complex. Much of the tomb chapel is now destroyed.

Laid to rest

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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The interior of Kaires tomb showing the sarcophagus where he was buried. The tomb was plundered in ancient times and no mummy has been found so far.

Broken peices

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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Within the tomb, archaeologists found the remains of a statue of Kaires. The lower half of the statue, which had to be pieced back together, is seen here.

Naming the names

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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Hieroglyphs found on the statue show the titles that Kaires held. Among the titles: "keeper of the secret of the Morning House" the "morning house" being the place where pharaoh got dressed and ate breakfast.

Kaires

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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A frontal view of the statue showing what it looked like when its pieces were put back together.

In search of history

4,400 year-old tomb complex

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Excavations at the tomb complex continue and more finds may be discovered.