Cairo / 18.01.2021 10:33:11
The Egyptian authorities presented this Sunday new archaeological « treasures » discovered in the Saqqara necropolis, including some fifty New Kingdom sarcophagi, over 3,000 years old, a find that « rewrites history » of that period.
The finds were made near the pyramid of King Teti, the first pharaoh of the 6th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, and were made by a team led by famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.
What treasures did they find?
Hawass told the press at the Saqqara necropolis that archaeologists unearthed the temple of Queen Neit, the wife of King Teti, the first king of the Sixth Dynasty who ruled Egypt from 2323 BC to 2150 BC.
Archaeologists also found a 4-meter (13-foot) long papyrus that includes texts from the Book of the Dead, which is a collection of spells aimed at directing the dead through the underworld in ancient Egypt, he added.
Hawass said archaeologists also unearthed burial pits, coffins, and mummies dating back to the New Kingdom that ruled Egypt between about 1570 BC and 1069 BC.
They discovered at least 22 burial holes up to 12 meters (40 feet) deep, with more than 50 wooden coffins from the New Kingdom, said Hawass, who is Egypt’s most renowned archaeologist.
Hawass, known for wearing Indiana Jones-style hats and for television specials on ancient sites in Egypt, noted that for more than 10 years work has been done near the pyramid of Teti.
The find was the result of cooperation between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Zahi Hawass Center at the Alexandrina Library.
The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis in the ancient capital Memphis of Egypt that includes the popular pyramids at Giza, as well as the smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur, and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of Memphis were listed as a World Heritage Site in the 1970s.