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In Photos: Tomb Painting Discovered Near Great Pyramid of Giza

  • Tomb painting

     A painting discovered in the tomb of a priest
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Tomb statues

     The ancient tomb contains a central room
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Restoring a tomb painting

    The remains of the painting were found here
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Soot and dirt

    The archaeologists went to work, carefully cleaning the painting, removing soot and dirt
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Revealing scenes of life

    Archaeologists also traced the tomb painting
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Painting progress

    work continued on cleaning and restoring the painting
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Tomb painting comes to life

    Part of the painting after cleaning is shown here.
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Agricultural scene

    a lengthy agricultural scene
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Sailing the Nile

    an image of boats sailing south along the Nile River
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Perseneb and his dog

    Part of the painting shows Perseneb
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Reconstructed scenes

    reconstruction of the tomb painting
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Offering chamber

    a restored wall from the tomb's offering chamber
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • More Giza tombs

    excavating tombs
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
  • Marsh hunting trip

    image shows part of the tomb painting's marsh scene
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    CREDIT: Photo courtesy Maksim Lebedev
A new painting, depicting scenes of ancient Egyptian life, was discovered in 2012 in a tomb located about 1,000 feet (300 meters) east of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Pictured here the tomb is for a man named Perseneb whom inscriptions say was a "priest" and "steward." It dates to the middle or late fifth dynasty (ca. 2450-2350 B.C.). [Read full story]

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