(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists have discovered a 16-meter ancient papyrus in the Saqqara necropolis containing texts from the Book of the Dead.
Similar artifacts have not been found in Egypt for the last hundred years. According to the Egypt Independent, the find was named the Waziri Papyrus, in honor of the Secretary General of the High Council of Antiquities.
The papyri that have survived to this day contain various selections of chapters from the Book of the Dead (its correct title is Oration on Coming Out into the Light of Day).
The longest “Book of the Dead” is the Greenfield Papyrus, which was originally a scroll about 37 meters long and about 47 centimeters wide.
Arkeo News reported that the new papyrus was in one of 250 sarcophagi discovered at Saqqara last year. According to preliminary estimates, the artifact dates from around 50 BC.
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