Egyptian authorities on Sunday unveiled new archaeological “treasures” discovered in the necropolis of Sakkarah, including some fifty New Kingdom sarcophagi, which are more than 3,000 old.
These new discoveries were made near the pyramids of King Teti, the first Pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, led by a team led by the famous Egyptian scientist Zahi Havas.
“This discovery rewrote the history of Sakkara born 3,000 years ago and especially the history of the new empire”, AFP assured Mr. Havas before adding on Sunday, “70% (of this news) discovered). Have to know. “
According to Mr. Havas, wooden sarcophagi from the New Kingdom (16th – 11th centuries BCE) were found in a burial shaft, specifying that one stone sarcophagus was also found in another well.
“We have discovered a total of 22 burial shafts,” he told AFP. In the middle of one of these wells is “a soldier near Sri, whom his hattrick gave him rest,” said.
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In addition, Mr. Havas said that his team had “found the 5 m long papyrus of the dead (…) masks, wooden boats, games 17, played by the ancient Egyptians.”
The archaeologist believes that this is a “rare discovery because most of the fragments have been found from the New Kingdom. At Sakarah, it dates back to J. C. usually 500.”
Many of these items were presented to the press on Sunday, as excavations at the site continued.
The Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism revealed the contents of these discoveries in a press release on Saturday evening, which they described as “major”.
The site of Sakkara, which is just fifteen kilometers south of the pyramids of the Giza Plateau, is home to the necropolis of Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt.
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It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for the famous Firuz step pyramid, the first from the Pharaonic era.
Built around 2,700 BC by the architect Imhotep, this monument is considered to be the oldest on the surface of the world.
Officials expect the “Great Egypt Museum” to be inaugurated near the Giza Plateau in 2021, where the famous Great Pyramids and Sphinx are located.
Egypt hopes that all these discoveries and political instability in its new museum and the attacks that followed the 2011 revolution will re-underline that ousted Hosni Mubarak from power and by the Kovid-19 epidemic.