Cairo, July 9 (ANI): Archaeologists have unearthed a cache near the Western gate of the National Museum in Cairo, which contained a table made of limestone, a fragment of a slab with hieroglyphic inscriptions, some stones, and the base of a pharaonic pillar, which date back to the pharaonic period around 1,300 years BC.
"This type of slab was quite widespread during the era of the Pharaohs, who used it to mark a special occasion," Hawass told The Egyptian Gazette.
"The slab shows the head of a cobra," Hawass said, adding that foreign archaeologists were in the habit of burying antiquities they had considered 'useless' in the Museum's garden.
"The antiquities will be analysed," said Hawass, who has been supervising a project for giving a facelift to the Museum.
The project, which is near completion, includes upgrading the museum and adding new, showrooms, meeting rooms, a library, a bookshop and a cafeteria. (ANI)