5,000-yr-old Great Pyramid artefact found

17 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

5,000-yr-old Great Pyramid artefact found

One of only three artefacts ever recovered from inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid has been found in a misplaced cigar tin in a Scottish university collection, academics revealed on Wednesday, reports AFP.

The fragment of cedar wood, which has been found to date back 5,000 years to the building of the pyramid at Giza, was first discovered in the late 19th century but had been missing for more than 70 years. A record discovered in 2001 appeared to show the fragment—found alongside a ball and a bronze hook thought to be used for construction—had been donated to the University of Aberdeen.

But the trail ran cold and the ancient artefact disappeared almost without a trace until the end of last year when an assistant curator at the university, Abeer Eladany, originally from Egypt, made a chance discovery in its Asia collection.