Archaeologists discover Panehsi’s tomb and other artifacts at Saqqara
(ORDO NEWS) — An international archaeological mission , including scientists from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden and the Egyptian Museum in Turin, recently excavated the Saqqara necropolis.
These excavations led to an amazing discovery – the tomb of Panehsi, the caretaker of the temple of Amun.
The Panehsi Tomb, which is a free-standing temple with an entrance gate and a pillared courtyard, contains underground burial chambers containing the remains of the owner of the tomb and his wife Bayi, as well as several priests and gift-bearers.
The walls of the tomb are made of mud bricks and decorated with decorative limestone facing slabs, which depict colorful scenes from the life of the owner and his family.
Christian Greco, one of the leaders of the mission, notes that the most beautiful image found in the tomb is of Panehsi himself worshiping the goddess Hathor. Below this image is a scene of Panehsi and his wife sitting together at a donation table.
Opposite the couple stands a bald man with a leopard skin on his shoulders, whom the researchers believe is the priest responsible for conducting the funeral rites of this married couple.
However, Panehsi’s tomb is not the only interesting find made by the archaeological mission. During the excavations, four more tombs were discovered to the east of Panehsi’s tomb.
One of them also belonged to the dignitary responsible for making the gold foil for the pharaoh’s treasury, and the other three tombs probably belonged to other high-ranking officials.
According to scientists, the discovery of the tombs indicates that the Saqqara necropolis was used for a long time, from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period.
The researchers also note the high degree of preservation of the tombs, which makes it possible to study in more detail the life and customs of that time.
The archaeological mission also unearthed numerous artifacts, including ceramics, glass beads, makeup brushes and many other items that complete our picture of the life and culture of Ancient Egypt.
Christian Greco, head of the mission, stressed that these finds are a valuable source of information for studying not only ancient Egypt, but also for comparison with other cultures of that time.
The study will use the most modern technologies , such as laser scanning, X-ray tomography and others, in order to obtain the most complete information about the artifacts and tombs found.
All in all, this find is an important step in the study of ancient Egypt and its culture, and its significance cannot be overstated.
The results of the study promise to be exciting and bring new knowledge about how people lived and thought in those distant times.
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