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Egypt Opens Ancient Bull Cemetery To Public

Egypt, known for the pyramids of Pharaohs, has opened a new historical exhibit to the public, featuring ancient underground tombs containing mummified bulls.

The cemetery dates back to over 3,000 years and is located in the town of Saqqara, about 30 kilometers from the capital Cairo. A 150-meter-long underground corridor at the necropolis is lined with the remains of 24 mummified bulls, say reports quoting Egyptian archaeologists.

At the end of the passageway stood a huge granite sarcophagus that weighs about 60 tons, and is engraved with hieroglyph pictures from the ancient Egyptian writing system.

The Egyptian government has carried out extensive restoration work on the cemetery over the past nine years, and it hopes that the ancient bull tombs will become a major tourist attraction because they are extremely rare. Bulls were considered sacred in ancient Egypt.

Tourism in Egypt has been on the decline since the Egyptian uprising that deposed President Hosni Mubarak in February, 2011.

by RTT Staff Writer

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