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June 4, 2021

Egypt bets on ancient finds to increase tourism

By SAMY MAGDY
Associated Press

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Officials are betting that the new ancient discoveries will set it apart on the mid- and post-pandemic tourism market.

CAIRO — Workers dig and ferry wheelbarrows laden with sand to open a new shaft at a bustling archaeological site outside of Cairo, while a handful of Egyptian archaeologists supervise from garden chairs. The dig is at the foot of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, arguably the world's oldest pyramid, and is one of many recent excavations that are yielding troves of ancient artifacts from the country's largest archaeological site.


 
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