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Tourism Minister Inspects New Archaeological Discovery in Saqqara


Sat 07 Oct 2023 | 11:41 PM
Israa Farhan, Ali Abu Dashish

Ahmed Issa, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, inspected the ongoing excavations of the Egyptian archaeological mission affiliated with the Supreme Council of Antiquities at the Saqqara archaeological site.

The mission has uncovered a new burial shaft containing a large number of archaeological finds. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the mission, accompanied the minister during the inspection.

Also present were Sabri Farag, Director-General of the Saqqara Antiquities Zone, Mohamed Youssef, Director of Saqqara Antiquities, and Dr. Mohamed El-Saeedy, Director of the Scientific Office of the Secretary-General, along with members of the mission and various site conservators and workers.

Minister Ahmed Issa descended into the newly discovered burial shaft to inspect the findings, including wooden coffins, mummies of various sizes, and numerous archaeological artifacts.

His visit aimed to show support for the mission and its efforts to uncover the secrets of the site.

During the inspection of the new discovery, Issa received a detailed explanation from Mustafa Waziri about the mission's work since the start of the new excavation season in August.

The minister commended the archaeological significance of the discoveries made by the mission and highlighted that further details about this important archaeological find would be announced after the mission completes its work for the season.

Ahmed Issa also took the opportunity to meet with the mission's team, including archaeologists and conservators, to discuss the role of the Supreme Council of Antiquities as a scientific institution responsible for the preservation and protection of Egypt's cultural heritage for future generations.

He listened to their opinions and suggestions for the development of archaeological work and expressed his gratitude for their significant efforts, which have been evident in the archaeological discoveries and restoration work accomplished by the mission over the past years.

At the end of the visit, members of the mission and the minister took a commemorative photo together.

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian archaeological mission has announced several important discoveries in recent years, including the discovery of hundreds of colorful human coffins containing well-preserved mummies of high-ranking officials and priests from the 26th Dynasty, selected as one of the top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2020 by "Archaeology Magazine."

Other discoveries include the First, Second, and Third Ministerial Burial Cache, the largest collection of bronze statues, cosmetic tools, and a large number of animal mummies, including cats, lion cubs, and crocodiles.