(ORDO NEWS) — The pyramid belonged to a queen named Neith. However, what is strange is that it is completely absent from the historical records.
The ongoing archaeological excavations in Saqqara continue to reveal their secrets. Previously, the oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid of Djoser, was discovered here. A huge number of other ancient structures were also found here.
Recently, archaeologists have unearthed a previously unknown pyramid of an ancient Egyptian queen. In addition, they also stumbled upon a cache of tombs, mummies and artifacts. Scientists have also found a huge network of tunnels here.
The archaeological site at Saqqara, about 32 kilometers south of Cairo, has been the focus of archaeologists’ attention for the past two years.
The recently discovered mummies may have belonged to some of Tutankhamun’s closest advisers and generals during his reign (1333 BC – 1323 BC).
Archaeologists have also explored a nearby pyramid that belonged to Teti, the first Egyptian king of the Sixth Dynasty.
“During the New Kingdom, people wanted to be buried next to Teti because he was worshiped as a god,” Egyptologist and former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.
However, in Saqqara, mainly burials of either the era of the Old Kingdom or the later period are known. A total of 22 shafts were found, ranging in depth from 9 to 18 meters, all with New Kingdom burials.
“300 beautiful tombs from the New Kingdom period” were buried in these shafts along with a huge limestone sarcophagus,” Hawass said.
“This is the first New Kingdom burial found in the area, so it is quite unique.”
“Even more surprising was when the researchers found that the mummies were in good condition.
Hawass said that mummification reached its peak during the New Kingdom.”
The tombs are inscribed with names, faces distinguishing men from women, and are decorated with scenes from the Book of the Dead.
“There are some tombs with two lids, and one of them has a solid gold female mask on top,” the archaeologist said.
The queen of whom nothing is known
According to Zahi Hawass, various artifacts were found inside the tombs and mines, including ancient games, statues of Ptah-Sokar and even a metal war axe.
“But more importantly, the archaeologists also found a pyramid belonging to an unknown queen.
According to Hawass, the pyramid belonged to a queen named Neith.
What is strange is that it is completely absent from the historical record.
Thus, this discovery will rewrite ancient Egyptian history by adding a previously unknown queen to the chronicle.”
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