Archaelogist 'privileged' at role

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A County Antrim man who helped discover an intact Egyptian tomb has said he was privileged to be involved in the find.

Alistair Dickey, 26, from Broughshane, was part of the University of Memphis-led team which found the tomb and five mummies.

It was the first intact tomb to be found in the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun's in 1922.

"The first half hour after we found it, we actually saw into the chamber - the whole team was on cloud nine," he said.

"It is a dream come true, I'm very privileged to have been involved - it doesn't happen to many archaeologists - you could go your whole career and not find anything like this at all."

The archaeologists have not yet been able to identify the mummies.

Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass said they "might be royals or nobles" moved from "original graves to protect them from grave robbers".

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