Image: Coffin of noble women
Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities  /  EPA
A coffin, which was found inside a tomb that dates back to the 18th family era (1315-1569 B.C), belongs to a lady called Isis Nfrt, which carries the title of noble women.
updated 3/3/2009 11:21:59 AM ET 2009-03-03T16:21:59

Archaeologists say they have discovered a more than 3,200-year-old tomb in the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara.

Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities says a limestone sarcophagus belonging to a noblewoman was found in the tomb in Saqqara, which is south of Cairo.

In the statement released Tuesday, the council says three mummies and several funerary fragments also were in the tomb.

It was not known who the mummies were. The council says the sarcophagus was found in pieces along the south wall of the tomb, which dates back to the 19th Dynasty.

Excavations at Saqqara have been going on for 150 years, uncovering a necropolis of pyramids and tombs dating mostly from the Old Kingdom but also tombs from as recently as the Roman era.

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