Colourful double tomb unearthed in Egypt

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Egyptian archaeologists have revealed a double tomb with vivid wall paintings in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo, saying it could be the start for uncovering a vast cemetery.

The tomb includes two false doors with colourful paintings depicting the two people buried there, a father and a son who served as heads of the royal scribes, said the archaeologist, Abdel-Hakim Karar.

"The colours are fresh as if it was painted yesterday," he said. Humidity had destroyed the sarcophagus of the father, Shendwas, while the tomb of the son, Khonsu, was robbed in antiquity.