Egypt Temple Uncovers More Secrets in Sakara with the Discoveries of Sarcophagi

The coffins are from the New Kingdom, the oldest ever found in the Necropolis.

The country said the Minister of State for Ancient Egypt, a mission led by former Egyptian chief minister Zahi Havas, traced Queen Tetit, the wife of King Teti, the first Pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty of Egypt.

The mission also unearthed 52 burial shafts with over 50 wooden coffins. They date to 3,000 years ago, the oldest sarcophagi found in Sakkara.

“These coffins are wood and anthropoid … Many deities worshiped during this period were depicted on the surface of the coffins, in addition to various excerpts from the Book of the Dead, helping the deceased undergo a journey to another world Are, “the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement.

In recent months, Egypt unearthed hundreds of coffins from top officials and priests in Sakkara, all dating back to the recent Late and Ptolemy period.

The ministry said the new discovery is prestigious because the old New Kingdom sarcophagi were found. The New Kingdom period was from the 16th century BCE to the 11th century BCE, covering the 18th, 19th and 20th Egyptian dynasties.

“The discovery confirmed that the Sakkara area was not only used for burial during the Late Period, but also during the New Kingdom,” the statement said.

Another “magnificent, mud-brick pilgrimage” was also opened at a depth of 24 meters below ground level, the deepest shaft yet found. Havas said excavation work will continue until the burial chamber is discovered.

According to the Ministry of Antiquities, “Inside the shaft, the mission discovered a large number of archaeological artifacts and a large number of sculptures, representing gods such as the god Osiris and the Pan-Sokar-Osiris.”

Egypt has undergone large-scale excavations in Sakkara in recent years, resulting in a number of discoveries in 2018, including the 4,400-year-old tomb of royal priest Waheti and the discovery of hundreds of mummified animals and sculptures a year. Later.

Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khalid al-Enani said in November that Egypt could “look for tombs and cemeteries at every single place in the region, also home to 13 pyramids,” referring to Sakrara.

Egypt is hoping that the findings could help revive the important tourism industry, which took a fresh blow because of the COVID-19 epidemic when it began to recover in 2011 and 2013 since the rebellion and civil unrest .

Havas said that the latest discovery in the ancient necropolis would “make Sakkara an important tourist and cultural destination.”

“It will also rewrite the history of Sakkara during the New Kingdom,” he said.


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