Artefact found in Scotland cigar box could unveil mysteries of Great Pyramid

The cigar box where a long-lost Egyptian artefact was found is seen in this undated handout image, in Aberdeen, Scotland, Britain. (Photo by Reuters)

An Egyptian artefact, missing for decades, was found this month in a cigar box at the Scottish University of Aberdeen by an Egyptian staff member.

The find, fragments from 5,000-year-old cedar wood, are thought to have been used in the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Curatorial assistant Abeer ElAdany said she was delighted to have found the missing artefact.

The artefacts discovered by engineer Waynman Dixon in the pyramid's Queens chamber in 1872, were donated to the university in 1946, before being lost.

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