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1 tomb, 4 Small Booths Dating Back to Ramesside Era Unveiled in Saqqara


Wed 12 Apr 2023 | 05:10 PM
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Under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the joint Dutch-Italian archaeological mission from the Leiden Museum in the Netherlands and the Egyptian Museum in Turin, working in the Saqqara archaeological area, unearthed a tomb and four small booths dating back to the Ramesside era.

According to a statement, SCA Secretary-General Moustafa Waziri said that the mission discovered a number of other booths dating back to the same period, noting that this significant discovery sheds light on the development of the Saqqara Necropolis during the Ramessid dynasty era.

Waziri added: "It also supports previous theories that suggest that the space between the tombs of the 18th Dynasty (such as the Maya tomb) was reused in later eras and tombs and booths were built during the Ramesside period."

In turn, Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin and head of the mission from the Italian side, added that they found inside the tomb a painting depicting the owner of the tomb "Banhasi" and his wife "Paya", who bore the title of the singer of Amun.

The painting shows the ways in which Banhasi and priests worshiped the goddess Hathor, she noted.