(ORDO NEWS) — A breathtaking discovery has been made in the Egyptian region of Saqqara, where a team of archaeologists unearthed a 16-meter-high ancient papyrus.
Saqqara, the vast necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to pyramids, animal burials and ancient Christian monasteries.
The papyrus was discovered in one of the 250 coffins discovered at the excavations at Saqqara.
At first, scientists believed that the ancient scroll was only 9 meters long, but after careful restoration and translation in the restoration laboratory of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, it turned out that its dimensions were 16 meters.
The ancient document is the first complete papyrus text found over 100 years ago. It contains texts from the Book of the Dead and was found in one of the 250 coffins excavated at Saqqara, notes Arkeonews.
This text, dating back to 50 BC, may provide new insights into ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife.
The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text that was written on papyrus scrolls and buried with the dead in their tomb.
The Book of the Dead contains declarations, hymns, and incantations that were supposed to help the deceased through the perilous journey to the afterlife.
It also includes illustrations depicting the soul’s journey through the underworld and the various gods and goddesses the deceased will encounter along the way.
The Book of the Dead is an important source of information about ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices related to death and the afterlife.
It is considered a unique and important document of ancient Egyptian culture and continues to be studied by scholars and Egyptologists around the world.
The papyrus will be presented at the grand opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum located in Giza. The new museum will be the largest archaeological museum in the world.
It will house over 100,000 artifacts from Ancient Egypt , including many artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb. The museum is expected to attract millions of visitors and become a major tourist attraction in Egypt.
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