Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu in southern Egypt have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years. (TELL EDFU PROJECT/UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO’S ORIENTAL INSTITUTE)

CAIRO, Egypt (Al Jazeera)—Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago, officials in Egypt have said.

The tomb was discovered in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo where there are several pyramids dedicated to pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty, including Neferefre.

The name of his wife had not been known before the find, antiquities minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a statement.

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