The General Administration for Scientific Publishing of the Supreme Council of Antiquities issued a new book in German on the Cemetery of the Sawy Period, in Heliopolis, written by Dr. Abdel Ghaffar Wagdy.
The book is entitled: Die saitische Nekropole in Heliopolis: Archäologische und architektonische Studie.
The book reflects the importance of the Sawy Period in the ancient Egyptian civilization especially, in the Heliopolis area by showing the era’s most important artifacts discovered so far in the necropolis of Heliopolis, which currently includes several areas, Eastern and Western Shams, Al-Mataria, Helmeyet Al-Zaytoun and Heliopolis
Eastern Ain Shams region is generally considered part of the ancient Heliopolis cemetery, as it includes many tombs dating back to Sawy Period.
The cemeteries were build using limestone blocks of various architectural designs, most of which were the result of the rescue excavations carried out by the Antiquities Supreme Council.
The book displays about 29 cemeteries, in addition to various artifacts including coffins, paintings, and various statues in addition to the canopic vessels, amulets, and other archaeological and architectural finds.
Meanwhile, the author provides an analytical part of the architectural elements and inscriptions.
The book concludes with lists of personal names and surnames that appeared in Sawy era, in the Heliopolis area.
Furthermore, the Heliopolis tomb contains many wonderful tombs from the Old Kingdom era, which continued to be used until the Greco-Roman Period.
Noteworthy, Dr. Wagdy is working in Antiquities Ministry since 1998 and has supervised many scientific excavations; he headed many archaeological expeditions that resulted in numerous discoveries and published them in many scientific books.
Dr. Wagdy obtained a master’s degree in the ancient history Department from the Institute of African Research and Studies, Cairo University.
Also, he was awarded a grant by the British Egypt Exploration Association, England and the State Scholarship of Higher Education Ministry and the German Institute for Scientific Exchange, Germany.