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250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues present in Saqqara


The Egyptian archaeological mission working within the cemetery of the sacred animals (Bubasteion) in Saqqara uncovered an unlimited cache of coffins with mummies and funerary objects relationship again to the Late Interval. The invention passed off through the mission’s fourth and newest excavation season.

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-Normal of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the mission, mentioned that the cache contained 150 bronze statues of varied sizes depicting numerous historical Egyptian deities, together with Anubis, Amun Min, Osiris, Isis, Nefertum, Bastet, and Hathor, a headless bronze statue of the engineer Imhotep. The cache additionally contained a gaggle of bronze vessels associated to the rituals of the goddess Isis, and pottery. 

The mission additionally dropped at gentle a brand new group of burial wells, which yielded 250 coloured wood coffins relationship to the Late Interval (about 500 BC). The coffins have been discovered sealed, comprise mummies, and are in good situation.

Dr. Mustafa Waziri indicated {that a} sarcophagus which will comprise chapters from the Guide of the Lifeless was additionally discovered inside one of many burial wells. The sarcophagus is in a superb state of preservation and it was transferred to the restoration laboratories of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir for sterilization, hydration, examine, and data of the texts it incorporates.

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
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250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
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250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
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250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: AP/Khaled Desouki
250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
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250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: AP/Khaled Desouki

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
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250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa

250 coffins with mummies and 150 bronze statues found in Saqqara
Credit score: AP/Amr Nabil
As well as, the mission excavated a burial relationship to the early New Kingdom (round 1500 BC), containing adornment instruments, a bronze mirror, and a gaggle of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and anklets.

The staff additionally unearthed a gaggle of wood statues, a few of which have their faces gilded. Two gilded-faced wood statues depict the 2 goddesses Isis and Nephthys within the place of mourners. Lastly, a big group of amulets was additionally dropped at gentle.

Saqqara is certainly a website of infinite discoveries.  The Egyptian archaeological mission started its work on the location in 2018, discovering the distinctive tomb of Wahtye, a priest who lived through the Fifth Dynasty. What adopted was a collection of distinguished finds, together with seven rock tombs, three of the New Kingdom and 4 of the Previous Kingdom, the facade of one other Previous Kingdom tomb and 1000’s of faience amulets, dozens of wood cat statues, cat mummies, wood statues and animal caches.

In 2020, the mission unearthed greater than 100 closed wood coffins of Late Interval date, 40 partially gilded statues of Ptah Sokar, the god of the Saqqara necropolis, and 20 wood chests of the god Horus. This discovery was categorised as one of many ten most vital archaeological discoveries for the 12 months 2020 and essentially the most eye-catching, in response to Archaeology Journal.

Supply: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities [May 31, 2022]

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