Image: Five golden earring and two rings
Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities
Five golden earring and two rings, dated back to the 18th family era (1315-1569 B.C), discovered inside the cemetery of Jehoti, chief of workers in the reign of Queen Hatshepsut (1482 - 1502 B.C).
updated 3/10/2009 11:19:30 AM ET 2009-03-10T15:19:30

Egyptian officials says archaeologists have found ancient golden jewelry in a pharaonic era tomb that belonged to a senior official under Egypt's most powerful queen.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities says five golden earrings and two rings were found in the tomb of Gahouti, the head of the treasury under Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt 3,500 years ago.

Tuesday's statement says the tomb was located on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, a southern Egyptian city famous for its Valley of the Kings and other ruins from pharaonic times.

The tomb had been looted, and its gates were engraved with text from the "Book of the Dead," which Egyptians believed would be needed in the afterlife.

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