- Kathryn Armstrong
- BBC News
The discovery made by archaeologists in Egypt was surprising: a mummified body covered in gold inside a sealed sarcophagus that had not been opened in 4,300 years.
The remains of a man named Hegasheps are believed to be one of the mummies Kingless The oldest and most complete yet discovered in Egypt.
It was found in a 15 meter deep grave ChakraSouth of Cairo, three other tombs were also discovered.
The largest of the mummies found in that ancient necropolis, according to investigations, belonged to a man named Khnumdjedef. A clergyman and Assistant to the Lords.
Another belonged to a man named Mary, who was a high official “Secret Guard”This allowed him to perform special religious rituals.
It is believed Judge and writer Buried in another tomb named Fedek, a collection of statues believed to be the largest ever found in the area was discovered.
Various objects such as ceramic fragments were also found in the graves.
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s former minister of antiquities, says all the discoveries belong to a point. Between the 25th and 22nd centuries BC.
“This discovery is very important because it connects the kings with the people around them,” said Ali Abu Deshish, another archaeologist involved in the excavation.
Saqqara was an active cemetery for over 3,000 years and designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It is located in Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt, and has more than a dozen pyramids, including the Step Pyramid, near where the pit containing the mummy was discovered.
Thursday’s discovery comes a day after experts in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor announced the discovery. A complete residential city of the Roman periodIt dates from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD
Archaeologists call it “metal workshops” containing residential buildings, towers, and Roman pots, tools, and coins.
Egypt has announced several important archaeological discoveries in recent years Efforts to revive its tourism sector.
The government expects its Grand Egyptian Museum, which opens this year, to attract 30 million tourists a year by 2028.
However, critics have accused the government of prioritizing media innovation to attract more tourism over academic research.
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