Archaeologists discover treasure in Egyptian necropolis

Archaeologists discover treasure in Egyptian necropolis

A new treasury has been found in Saqqara, near Cairo, with more than 50 sarcophagi.

Egypt announced the discovery of a new treasure house in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, including an ancient burial temple, writes The Guardian.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that more than 50 sarcophagi are now included in the list of “great discoveries” made by a team of archaeologists led by Egyptologist Zaha Hawass.

Wooden sarcophagi from the New Kingdom period — between the 16th and 11th centuries B.C. — were found in 52 mounds 10 to 12 meters (40 feet) deep.
Hawass said that Queen Naert, the funerary temple of Aunt King’s wife and three brick warehouses were found at the site.

Saqqara, with more than a dozen pyramids, ancient monasteries and tombs, was a huge necropolis in the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In November, Egypt announced the discovery of more than 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find of the year.

The sealed wooden coffins, set next to statues of ancient deities more than 2,500 years old, were leading figures of the Late and Ptolemaic periods of ancient Egypt. Minister of Antiquities and Tourism Khaled al-Anani predicted that “Saqqara has not yet revealed its full content.”

According to Hawass, the recent discoveries may shed new light on the history of Saqqara during the New Kingdom. The find was made near the pyramid where King Teti, the first pharaoh of the sixth dynasty of the Ancient Kingdom, was buried.
Egypt hopes the archaeological discoveries will boost tourism, a sector hit by the shock of the 2011 uprising and the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

Later this year, after several delays, authorities hope to open a new museum, the Grand Egyptian Museum, on the Giza Plateau.

In recent years, there have been a number of excavations at Saqqara, where the pyramid of the Djoser Staircase, one of the earliest in ancient Egypt, was built.