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Large 21-room mainsion found near Sphinx

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A large high-status home containing at least 21 rooms has been found south of the Sphinx in Egypt in a 4,500-year-old urban site.

Archaeologists excavating a city just 400 meters (1,312 feet) south of the Sphinx uncovered the house and nearby mound containing the hind limbs of young cattle, the seals of high-ranking officials, which were inscribed with titles like “the scribe of the royal box” and “the scribe of the royal school,” and leopard teeth (but no leopard).

The house, containing at least 21 rooms, is part of a city that dates mainly to the time when the pyramid of Menkaure (the last of the Giza Pyramids) was being built.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: AERA

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