CAIRO – Archaeologists in Egypt came across a new discovery dating back more than 2,500 years, near the famous Egyptian pyramids in an ancient necropolis south of Cairo.
The discovery, which includes a mummification workshop and a well, used as a communal burial site, is located in the great Saqqara necropolis, part of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt, and its great necropolis house a wide range of temples and tombs, as well as the three pyramids of Giza.
The latest find, announced at a press conference on Saturday, belongs to the Saite Persian Period, from 664 to 404 BC. The site, located south of the Unas pyramid, was excavated for the last time more than 100 years ago. , in 1900.
Among the artifacts found were a golden silver mummy mask, fragments of mummy cartons, cylindrical canopic jugs and loam clay and earthenware cups. Many of them will be exhibited in the Egyptian Grand Museum under construction, whose first phase will be inaugurated later this year.
Through the well of 30 meters deep are several mummies, wooden coffins and sarcophagi. The well is composed of burial chambers carved into the bedrock that lines the sides of two corridors.
In a mummification workshop, a cache of embalmers was found that archaeologists believe will reveal more about the oils used in the mummification process in the 26th dynasty. 19659011] "We are facing a gold mine of information on the chemical composition of these oils," said archaeologist Ramadan Hussein at the press conference.
"It's just the beginning," said antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani. He told reporters that the sites will probably yield more discoveries after more excavations.
Egypt has done everything possible to revive its vital tourism industry, still reeling from the political turmoil that followed a popular uprising in 2011. Hope that such discoveries, together with the opening of the museum on the Giza Plateau, will help to encourage more tourists to visit.
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