(ORDO NEWS) — During excavations in Egypt in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, archaeologists discovered 250 mummies in painted wooden sarcophagi and more than 100 bronze statues of ancient Egyptian gods.
It seems that the treasures and secrets of Egypt will never end!
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the artifacts are over 2,500 years old (late period in ancient Egyptian history).
The latest finds were found at the “Cemetery of Ancient Animals” in Saqqara, a temple complex outside of Cairo. “Today’s discovery confirms that the temple was intended not only for cats, but also for other Egyptian deities,” said excavation leader Mohammed Al-Saidi.
Egyptian authorities reported the find by displaying mummies, statues and other artifacts in front of the Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara.
It is important to note that excavations have been ongoing in Saqqara since 2018. There are still many years of work ahead, but the latest find is one of the largest.
Late period of ancient Egypt
Despite the fact that during this period in the history of Ancient Egypt there were many difficult wars and invasions, the construction of many temple complexes continued in the region.
During the latest excavations, scientists discovered many artifacts of that time. For example, about 150 bronze statues of ancient Egyptian gods such as Anubis, Osiris, Amon-Min, etc.
Archaeologists also found two painted wooden statues of the goddesses Isis and Nephthys. Both are made as “protectors” of the tomb, and each face is made of layers of gold leaf.
“They were in a sitting position at one coffin. One at the head, and the other in a pose of mourning for the deceased, ”said Al-Saidi.
Archaeologists also found a papyrus scroll in the same coffin that has not yet been unrolled, but archaeologists believe it could be up to 10 meters long and contain chapters from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a ritual text meant to guide the life of a deceased person. journey to the afterlife. It has now been sent to a lab for further study.
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