World Egypt: A mortuary temple and sarcophagi discovered in the necropolis of Saqqara

07:05  17 january  2021
07:05  17 january  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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A total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago have been unearthed by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian necropolis . image captionOne of the well-preserved coffins from the burial complex in the necropolis at Saqqara . "Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely

Egypt announced Saturday the discovery of a new trove of treasures at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, including an ancient funerary temple . In November, Egypt announced the discovery of more than 100 intact sarcophagi , in the largest such find of the year. The sealed wooden coffins

The mortuary temple of Queen Naert, wife of King Teti, first pharaoh of the 6th dynasty of the Old Kingdom, has also been updated

Le site de Saqqara en Egypte, le 14 novembre 2020. © Nariman El-Mofty / AP / SIPA The site of Saqqara in Egypt, November 14, 2020. ARCHEOLOGY - The mortuary temple of Queen Naert, wife of King Téti, first pharaoh of the 6th dynasty of the Old Kingdom, has also been updated

For the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these are no less than “major discoveries”. New archaeological treasures, including a mortuary temple dating back more than 2,500 years, have been unearthed in the Saqqara necropolis, located south of Cairo , Egyptian authorities said on Saturday.

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Egypt 's antiquities ministry announced Sunday the discovery of 14 sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo that had lain buried for 2 The coffins were found two days ago during an archaeological dig at the burial spot where another 13 wooden sarcophagi had been discovered last

Saqqara is one of the best known, as well as oldest, dynastic necropolis in Egypt . One should note that, at this early juncture, there was no cult center such as a mortuary temple included within this structure. When discovered , it contained fragments of a wooden sarcophagus and on its base was found a Even now, some work continues in the region of Saqqara , that may someday yield more

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Discoveries made by a team of archaeologists led by the famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawass include also more than fifty wooden sarcophagi dating from the New Kingdom (16th-11th century BC). They were found in 52 funeral pits ten to twelve meters deep, the ministry said. "The mortuary temple of Queen Naert, wife of King Teti", the first pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, as well as three brick warehouses have been discovered, Zahi Hawass also said.

The site of Saqqara, where there are a dozen pyramids, ancient monasteries and animal burial sites, is a vast necropolis in the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco . Numerous excavations have been carried out there in recent years, also the site of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, one of the first buildings in ancient Egypt. The archaeologists hope in particular to find there an old workshop of manufacture of wooden sarcophagi for mummies.

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Cat mummies were discovered in a sarcophagus at the Saqqara burial complex. "A couple of days ago, when we discovered those coffins, they were sealed coffins with One of the sarcophagi belonged to Khufu-Imhat, overseer of the buildings in the royal palace, according to Egyptian officials.

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered another large cache of unopened sarcophagi in Saqqara , adding to the trove of almost 60 coffins recently recovered from the ancient necropolis . Colored and gilded statues were also found in the tombs, a government press release said.

Cairo hopes these archaeological finds will boost tourism, a sector that has seen many difficulties from the 2011 revolution to the coronavirus pandemic. The authorities hope to inaugurate in 2021 the “Great Egyptian Museum” on the Giza plateau, where the famous great pyramids and the Sphinx are located.

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