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Min. of Tourism to Announce New archaeological Discovery in Egypt’s Saqqara on March 19


Thu 17 Mar 2022 | 05:45 PM
Ali Abu Dashish

A new discovery was carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission, headed by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, during its work at Saqqara Necropolis, according to Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ministry.

The latest archaeological discovery in Saqqara, which will be officially announced on 19 March, featured five carved tombs containing many burials and archaeological finds from the Old Kingdom and the First Transition Period, the Ministry reported.

The Ministry briefed the media about this discovery just a few hours after the Minister of Tourism Khaled Al-Anani inspected, early Monday morning, the excavations of the Egyptian archaeological mission working next to the pyramid of King Titi I in the Saqqara Necropolis.

Enani also took this occasion to thank the archaeological team for the efforts they are exerting to reveal the secrets of this fascinated civilization.

On his part, Waziri revealed that the first discovered tomb belongs to a person called "Airy,” who is believed to be a high-ranking statesman.

It consists of a well that leads to a burial chamber whose walls are carved with scenes of many funerary rituals, including offering tables, the facade of the palace, and the seven oil pots.

The tomb also contains a huge sarcophagus of limestone, and carved pieces belonging to the owner of the tomb, which the mission is currently working on assembling.

The second tomb may belong to the wife of a person called "Yart", because of its proximity to his tomb.

Over the past years, Egypt's archaeological mission had revealed a number of crucial archaeological discoveries in the Saqqara archaeological area, including the discovery of hundreds of colorful human coffins containing mummies in a good state of preservation for senior statesmen and priests of the 26th Dynasty, which came among the top 10 archaeological discoveries in the world for the year 2020.

Contributed by Ahmed Emam