The Egyptian antiquities authority says archaeologists have unearthed a 3,500-year-old false door from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple in Luxor.
False doors in ancient Egyptian tombs were meant to take the spirits of the dead to the afterlife. The nearly six-foot- tall (1.75 meters) slab of pink granite is covered with religious texts.
The stone belonged to User, the chief minister of Queen Hatshepsut, a powerful 15th century B.C. ruler from the New Kingdom with a famous mortuary temple near Luxor in southern Egypt.
User was the queen's vizier for 20 years and also held the titles of prince and mayor of the city.
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