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2010-07-01 05:30:00

Egyptian archaeologists, who have been excavating an ancient secret tunnel for the past 3 years, believe it was meant to connect a 3,300-year-old pharaoh's tomb with a secret burial site, the antiquities department announced Wednesday. The Egyptian team, led by antiquities chief Zahi Hawass, had been searching for the tunnel for more than two decades, Faruq Hosni said in a statement. The 570-foot long tunnel in Pharaoh Seti I's tomb in southern Egypt's Valley of the Kings has taken Egyptian...

2006-03-13 11:40:00

CAIRO -- A chamber discovered last month in the Valley of the Kings was a room used by the ancient Egyptians for mummifying pharaohs buried in the area, rather than a tomb, Egypt's top archaeologist said on Monday. Zahi Hawass said five sarcophagi found in the chamber contained remnants of pottery, shrouds and materials used in mummification. The team from the University of Memphis which discovered the chamber had also opened 10 sealed jars found there to discover other materials used in...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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