The incredible excavation at a cemetery in Saqqara revealed mummies and statues of the gods Anubis, Amun, Min, Osiris, Isis, Nefertum, Bastet and Hathor – along with a headless statue of the architect Imhotep, who built the Pyramid of Saqqara
Archaeologists have opened 2,500-year-old coffins discovered inside an Egyptian pyramid.
The discovery at a cemetery in Saqqara contained statues of the gods Anubis, Amun, Min, Osiris, Isis, Nefertum, Bastet and Hathor – along with a headless statue by architect Imhotep, who built the pyramid at Saqqara, Egypt’s ministry of tourism and antiquities said on Monday.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the 250 coffins, 150 bronze statues and other objects found date from around 500 BC.
“The mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities managed to uncover the first and largest stash of 150 Late Period bronze statues in the Cemetery of Sacred Animals at Saqqara, as well as burial wells containing 250 closed colored wooden coffins containing mummies, which is on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum ” they said online.
said the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, Mostafa El-Waziri abc news that it was the “largest bronze cache” excavated in the Bubastian cemetery.
Mr El-Waziri added: “We also found a statue of Imhotep… and we hope to be able to find his tomb soon.”
Archaeologists also uncovered a sistrum – a musical instrument and a collection of bronze vessels used in ceremonies to worship the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, Isis.
Coffins containing mummies have been found in burial shafts and are said to be in remarkably good condition.
The coffins are taken to the Great Egyptian Museum.
Archaeologists also found the first intact papyrus in a century – a form made of paper or cloth, or made from a papyrus plant.
The material was covered with hieroglyphs and will also be sent to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for further analysis in his laboratory.
The incredible discoveries are the latest in a string of ancient Egyptian finds in recent years.
Last year, 52 burial shafts were discovered in Saqqara, in which more than 50 wooden coffins were found Guardian.
In 2018 National Geographic reported that archaeologists have unearthed the 4,400-year-old tomb of royal priest Wahtye.
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