Egyptian archaeologists and researchers recently uncovered a treasure trove of artifacts, including what may be the oldest and largest mummy ever found.
On Thursday, a team of Egyptologists announced the discovery of several ancient tombs in a pharaonic cemetery outside the capital, Cairo. Zahi Hawass, director of the excavations, said in a post dated Instagram.
He said that the mummy “was found inside covered with gold leaf … It may be the oldest and most complete mummy found in Egypt so far.”
The discovery dates back to about 2500 BC to 2100 BC, in the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties of the ruling dynasty. old kingdomis part of a year-long excavation near the pyramids of Saqqara.
The new finds were made under an ancient stone wall known as the Director’s Bridge. “I put my head inside to see what was inside the sarcophagus: a beautiful mummy of a man completely covered in layers of gold,” Hawass told the Associated Press.
It was also revealed: a tomb of a priest from the Fifth Dynasty known as Khnom Magdev, while the other tomb belongs to a palace official called Miri, who bears the title of “Keeper of Secrets,” according to the team.
Other major findings from the excavations include well-preserved figurines, amulets, and sarcophagi.
An ancient Egyptian family plot has been found
Archaeologists have also unearthed several recent finds about 400 miles to the south – including a family burial plot dating back some 4,000 years.
Discover the burial site located in Dora Abu Al Naga A tomb (or tomb) on the west bank of the Nile River in the city of Luxor, is the first tomb found from the ancient Egyptian thirteenth dynasty, which dates back to after 1780 BC, according to Mostafa WaziriEgyptologist and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
“This discovery is the first of its kind,” Waziri said in a statement on his website. Instagram.
Fathi Yassin, director general of Upper Egypt Antiquities, said the finds at the site included a pink granite sarcophagus weighing about 11 tons, inscribed with the name of a vizier named Ankhu, who lived during the reign of King Sobekhotep II during the 13th Dynasty. CBS News About the site.
“We have discovered more than a thousand burial sites before in Luxor, but this is the first time we have found a site from the thirteenth dynasty,” Yassin said.
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Also discovered nearby: “the most important and oldest residential city,” dating back to Roman times, a minister said in a blog post. Instagram. He also posted videos of the finds on Facebook And Twitter.
“It’s important because it tells us more about the lives of ordinary Egyptians at this time,” Yassin told CBS News.
Researchers ‘digitally open’ an ancient Egyptian mummy
Researchers at Cairo University announced another archaeological advance on Tuesday. They describe it in the magazine The frontiers of medicine How they ‘digitally decoded’ the mummy of a teenage boy from 300 BC using computed tomography.
The team of scholars was able to shed new light on the boy’s high social status by stressing the intricate details of the amulets that were inserted inside his mummified body and the type of burial he was given.
Archaeological discoveries can help boost Egyptian tourism
Ancient Egyptian discoveries are often used to boost tourism in the country, which is an important source of income for the North African country. Tourism suffered from a downturn after the political unrest and violence that followed the Arab Spring revolution in 2011.
Tourism, which accounts for about 12% of the country’s economy, has also taken a big hit due to the coronavirus outbreak. Independent Egypt Reported in February 2021. Tourism has also been hampered by the war in Ukraine, the outlet reported last year.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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