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Egypt Unveils Ancient Treasures That Rewrite History



Workers excavate a website at Egypt’s Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo.


Egypt on Sunday unveiled historical treasures discovered on the Saqqara archaeological website close to Cairo, together with sarcophagi over 3,000 years outdated, a discovery that “rewrites history”, in response to famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.

Saqqara is an enormous necropolis of the traditional Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site house to greater than a dozen pyramids, historical monasteries, and animal burial websites.

A group headed by Hawass made the finds close to the pyramid of King Teti, the primary pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

More than 50 picket sarcophagi relationship to the New Kingdom (16th century BC to 11th century BC) had been present in a burial shaft, Hawass advised AFP on Sunday.

“This discovery re-writes the history of Saqqara and more specifically the history of the New Kingdom, which began 3,000 years ago,” he stated.

Hawass stated his group had found a complete of 22 shafts, together with one containing a “soldier, with his battle axe resting beside him”.

A stone sarcophagus was additionally discovered, he added, in addition to “a papyrus around five metres long containing the 17th chapter of the book of the dead… masks, wooden boats, games the ancient Egyptians used to play”.

“It is a rare and new discovery because most of the artefacts we found are dated back to the New Kingdom, whereas in Saqqara, it’s usually more around 500 BC,” he added.

A variety of objects had been exhibited to the press on Sunday, whereas excavations of the location are ongoing.


“Seventy percent (of the new area) is still to be explored,” he added.

Egypt’s tourism and antiquities ministry had introduced Saturday “major discoveries” at Saqqara, the place there was a flurry of excavations in recent times.

The ministry stated the group had additionally found the “funerary temple of Queen Nearit, the wife of King Teti”.

The Saqqara website can be house to the step pyramid of Djoser, one of many earliest in-built historical Egypt.

Later this yr, and after a number of delays, authorities hope to inaugurate a brand new museum — the Grand Egyptian Museum — on the Giza plateau, house to the famed Giza pyramids.

Egypt hopes archaeological discoveries will spur tourism, a sector which has suffered a number of shocks, from a 2011 rebellion to at the moment’s coronavirus pandemic

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