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Sayed Tawfik, Egypt's chief archaeologist and chairman of antiquities who unearthed a New Kingdom burial site, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 54.

Tawfik, a former dean of archaeology and professor of Egyptology at Cairo University, was the author of a half-dozen books on Egyptian antiquities.

As chairman of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization, he was in charge of all restoration and conservation work on Egypt's vast legacy of pyramids, tombs, temples and other relics threatened by time, pollution and the demands of an exploding population.

In 1985, he uncovered an unknown burial ground from the time of Pharaoh Ramses II. He became chairman of antiquities in December 1988.

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