Published on : Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Egyptian archaeologists have revealed one other huge haul of priceless artifacts from the Saqqara Necropolis, a bountiful web site close to Cairo that doubtless nonetheless holds untold secrets and techniques.
On show Monday have been dozens of newly-discovered, superbly adorned coffins or sarcophagi, nonetheless sealed up with their homeowners mummified inside, together with dozens of bronze statues.
Monday’s huge reveal, with artifacts lined up in entrance of Saqqara’s Step Pyramid of Djoser for journalists to admire, was the fifth by the archaeologists working on the web site since 2018, and there are nonetheless a few years of labor left to hold on the market.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, informed that the latest discoveries, together with about 250 still-sealed sarcophagi, got here from the “Cemetery of Sacred Animals” at Saqqara.
There have now been greater than 450 adorned, sealed coffins containing mummies in good situation found on the cemetery, all of them courting again some 2,500 years.
The cemetery web site at Saqqara was beforehand known as “Bubasteion,” a reference to the traditional Egyptian goddess Bast, who was worshiped in the type of a cat. Many of the statues initially found there depicted the goddess.
In 2019, nonetheless, the location was renamed the Cemetery of Sacred Animals after archaeologists found different mummified animals and statues of different Egyptian deities there, Dr. Mohamed Al Saidi, the mission’s director informed.
The artifacts displayed on Monday included about 150 bronze statues of Egyptian deities of various sizes, together with some portraying the gods Anubis, Osiris, Nefertem, Isis, and Hathor.
Al Saidi additionally informed that right now’s discovery confirms that the temple wasn’t completely for cats, however for different Egyptian deities too.
They discovered two lovely picket statues with golden faces of the deities Isis and Neftis, named the protectors of the coffin.
They have been in a seated place [by one coffin], one in all them by the top of the coffin and the opposite by the toes, in a place known as ‘the mourners’ or ‘weepers’ for the deceased.
Inside the identical coffin, the archaeologists found a papyrus roll they imagine could also be 10 yards lengthy and include chapters of the “Book of the Dead.” The papyrus has been despatched to a lab on the Egyptian Museum for additional examination.
The worksite is sort of four hundred and forty yards lengthy, and the archaeologists working there have solely carried out excavations on the primary 100 yards.
So, Al Saidi informed that the location doubtless nonetheless has much more treasures to disclose.
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