Archeological Team In Egypt Find 2,500-Year-Old Treasure Trove

Out in Saqqara, Egypt, an ongoing archeological mission has stumbled across a group of 250 painted sarcophagi and 150 bronze statues of the various Egyptian deities, along with a large number of other artifacts.

Since around 2018, the team has been diligently working to extract pieces of the Saqqara Necropolis site and has previously made quite a few massive finds which include the 4,400-year-old tomb of the Royal High Priest Wahte, a set of 5 extremely well preserved 4000-year-old tombs, and finally the actual funerary temple of Queen Nearit, who was a consort of the first pharaoh of Egypt’s 6th dynasty King Teti.

“I’m very proud that the discovery was made by Egyptians, and this will not be the last discovery here.” stated the secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, in a release.

It is currently planned for the discovered sarcophagi to be sent over to the soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum, which has been seen as an amazing thing for the government that has been quite angry over the fact that so many of its ancient cultural and historic artifacts have ended up in other countries and foreign museums. Currently, there are hopes that with these most recent findings, the fading tourism industry in Egypt will see a bit of life spark back in because of the issues they have been dealing with because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns. Additionally, the war taking place in Ukraine has also seen quite a bit of negative influence on tourism because of the fact that travelers from Ukraine and Russia had previously made up a massive section of what powered the tourism sector of Egypt.

Currently classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Saqqara Necropolis is located just 19 miles away from Cairo, just to the south of the world-famous Great Pyramid of Giza, and was once an enormous cemetery for the New Kingdom capital of Memphis. The site also prides itself on being the home of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, which many historians think was designed by the revered ancient architect Imhotep.

“We also found a statue of Imhotep,” stated Waziri, as they spoke out about the most recent discoveries from the site. “… and we hope we can find his tomb soon.”

As part of the various artifacts recovered in the new batch from the site, an almost 9-meter long piece of Papyrus, the ‘first intact papyrus in over 100 years’ that is thought to show a section of verses from the Book of the Dead which is a collection of spells and rites that were thought to have helped the dead souls make their way to the afterlife. The papyrus was shipped out to a lab at the Egyptian museum for more intense study.

The mythological gods thought to be depicted via the discovered statues include Anubis, the god of death, Osiris, the god of the underworld, Isis, Osiris’s consort, and Bastet, a goddess often depicted and worshipped in the form of a cat.

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