Site of Pharoah's dentistsThieves last week led archaeologists to the graves of three royal dentists, located near to the Step Pyramid of King Djoser, believed to to be Egypt’s oldest pyramid.

Hawass told reporters that the tombs date back more than 4,000 years to the 5th Dynasty. They were meant to honor a chief dentist and two others who treated the pharaohs and their families.

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The Armchair Archaeologists says: I’ve always wondered if the Egyptian-elite (i.e., the Pharoahic class) had access to any kind of advanced healthcare when it comes to dental problems. I’ve read that many mummies have been discovered – mummies of Pharoahs even – with horrible tooth decay remains. Ouch! Can you imagine having to endure the pain of bad tooth decay for years?

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