Wednesday: The day in photos - Egypt

Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, kneels next to an opened ancient limestone sarcophagus containing a mummy in a burial chamber discovered at Sakkara, about 12 miles southwest of Cairo. The  discovery of the burial chamber, containing around 30 mummies and sarcophagi from different eras, was announced on Monday. The necropolis was first created in the sixth dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom (4,300 BC). The limestone sarcophagus dates to the 26th Dynasty (ca. 500 BC), making it around 2,600 years old.
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( Michael Nelson / AFP / Getty Images / February 11, 2009 )

Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, kneels next to an opened ancient limestone sarcophagus containing a mummy in a burial chamber discovered at Sakkara, about 12 miles southwest of Cairo. The discovery of the burial chamber, containing around 30 mummies and sarcophagi from different eras, was announced on Monday. The necropolis was first created in the sixth dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom (4,300 BC). The limestone sarcophagus dates to the 26th Dynasty (ca. 500 BC), making it around 2,600 years old.

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