Ancient Egyptian graveyard unearthed with golden treasures including statue of cat goddess and ‘magic amulets’

RESEARCHERS have unearthed around 20 ancient tombs in the city of New Damietta, Egypt.

According to a Google translation, the burials date back to 688 BC. or around the 26th dynasty expression by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Researchers have unearthed around 20 ancient tombs in the city of New Damietta, Egypt

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Researchers have unearthed around 20 ancient tombs in the city of New Damietta, EgyptCredit: Ministry of Tourism and Monuments
Researchers found gold foil burial artifacts in the tombs

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Researchers found gold foil burial artifacts in the tombsCredit: Ministry of Tourism and Monuments
Amulets were also unearthed at the excavation site

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Amulets were also unearthed at the excavation siteCredit: Ministry of Tourism and Monuments

dr Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Antiquities Council, said the tombs discovered varied between mudbrick and simple pits.

Mud brick tombs were a common architectural model in the Sawi era and particularly in the 26th dynasty.

Perhaps most notably, the researchers found gold foil burial artifacts in the tombs.

The foils were molded into the shape of ancient Egyptian gods, such as Isis, who was one of the most important deities.

Other slides appeared to depict Bastet, a cat goddess, and the falcon-headed god Horus.

“It is quite clear in contemporary religious texts that the Egyptian gods were thought [to] have flesh of gold,” said Campbell Price, Curator for Egypt and Sudan at the Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester live science.

And the unearthed artifacts were thought to affect the deity of the deceased by “providing protection from the gods depicted, but also integrating the deceased among the gods,” Price added.

Other finds included ceramic vessels and many tomb amulets of various shapes, sizes and stones.

Some of the amulets showed scarabs, the grandfather’s pillar, the headrest and the two feathers of Amun.

Others represented the deities Isis, Nephthys, Gehuti and Tawert.

In addition, miniature models of canopic jars used to preserve the entrails of the deceased during the mummification process were discovered in the tombs.

dr Waziri called the discovery an important scientific and archaeological addition to the history of Damietta Governorate.

At this point it is unclear for whom the tombs were made.

https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/9944203/ancient-egyptian-tombs-goddess-magic-amulets/ Ancient Egyptian graveyard unearthed with golden treasures including statue of cat goddess and ‘magic amulets’

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