Archaeologists have announced the discovery of four 4,300-year-old tombs and a mummy wrapped in gold leaf.
The mummy is made up of the remains of a man named Hekashepes and found preserved inside of a sarcophagus. It is one of the oldest and most complete non-royal corpses that has ever been discovered in Egypt.
It was discovered in a burial site at Saqqara, which is located 19 miles south of Cairo, down a 15-meter-long (Approx. 50-foot-long) shaft, together with four other tombs.
One of the tombs belonged to a person known as the “secret keeper.”
It is believed that the person known as Khnumdjedef, who served as a priest, inspector, and supervisor of nobles, was the owner of the largest of the mummies that were discovered at the ancient necropolis.
Another belonged to a man named Meri, who held the position of senior palace official and had been granted the title of “secret keeper,” which gave him the authority to carry out particular religious rituals.
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A judge and writer by the name of Fetek was laid to rest in the other tomb, which was discovered with a collection of statues that are regarded to be the biggest to have been unearthed in the region.
A fourth tomb belonged to a priest at the pyramid complex of king Pepi I, which also contained nine beautiful statues.
Among the tombs, archaeologists have discovered a number of other items such as amulets, deity statues, stone vessels, pottery and daily life’s tools.
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who has also served as Egypt’s minister of antiquities, stated that all of the findings were made between 2686-2181 BCE, during the Fifth and Sixth dynasties of the Old Kingdom.
“This discovery is so important as it connects the kings with the people living around them,” said Ali Abu Deshish, another archaeologist who was part of the excavation.
Saqqara is a burial place that has been in use for more than three thousand years and is now on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.
It is located in what was once the capital of ancient Egypt, Memphis, and is home to more than a dozen pyramids, one of which is the Step Pyramid, which is located close to the shaft in which the mummy was discovered.
Discovery of Roman residential city
On Wednesday, archaeologists in Luxor, Egypt, announced the discovery of a Roman residential city dating back to the 2nd and 3rd century CE. Thursday’s finds follow in the wake of that discovery.
Archaeologists discovered residential buildings, towers, and what they have termed “metal workshops,” which included Roman coins, pots, and other tools.
In recent years, Egypt has made a number of significant archaeological finds as part of the country’s ongoing attempts to revive its tourism economy.
The government has high expectations that the Grand Egyptian Museum will bring in 30 million tourists annually by year 2028.
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