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Ancient Egyptian Dentists Dug Up

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Ancient Egyptian Dentists Dug Up

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Ancient Egyptian Dentists Dug Up

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Ancient Egyptian pharaohs apparently did not mind sharing the afterlife with their dentists. Tomb robbers were caught in Egypt two months ago. Their digging led authorities to three graves of royal dentists. They are close to the oldest pyramid of an Egyptian king. And their location may suggest how carefully Egyptian kings minded their teeth 4,000 years ago. One tombs carries a warning: Anyone who violates the grave will be eaten by a crocodile and a snake.

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Ancient Egyptian pharaohs apparently did not mind sharing the afterlife with their dentists. Two robbers were caught in Egypt two months ago and their digging led authorities to three graves of royal dentists.

They are close to the oldest pyramid of an Egyptian king and their location may suggest how carefully Egyptian kings minded their teeth 4,000 years ago. One tomb carries a warning: Anyone who violates the grave will be eaten by a crocodile and a snake.

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