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Egypt unveils five ancient tombs in Saqqara necropolis



Egypt unveiled on Saturday five ancient Pharaonic tombs at the Saqqara archeological site south of Cairo, the latest in a series of landmark discoveries in the area.

Saqqara is a large necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where more than a dozen pyramids, animal burials and ancient Coptic Christian monasteries are located.

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the five tombs northeast of the pyramid of King Merenre I, dating to about 2270 BC.

According to Mostafa Waziri, the head of Egypt’s High Council of Antiquity, the five tombs – all in good condition – belonged to high royal officials.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said one of the graves belonged to a top official named Iry. A limestone sarcophagus and colorful decorations were found in the tomb.

The remaining tombs belonged to other members of the royal court, including a “steward of the royal house” and a priestess who was “responsible for the king’s removal”.

In January 2021, Egypt unearthed ancient treasures found at Saqqara, including more than 50 wooden sarcophagi dating from the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) – a discovery that famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawass said “rewrites history” .

The Egyptian authorities hope to inaugurate the new Great Egyptian Museum at the Giza Plateau later this year, after the opening was delayed.

It is hoped that the new museum, in addition to various archaeological discoveries in recent years, will help to restore the life of the country’s vital tourism industry.

The sector has been hit by successive blows, including a 2011 uprising, the coronavirus pandemic, and now a halt of Russian and Ukrainian tourists, who account for a large portion of the country’s visitors.

Egypt unveils five ancient tombs in Saqqara necropolis

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