“Saqqara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, about 90 miles south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. It is part of the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, the first capital of Egypt. And is the site of two recent major discoveries of Egyptian artifacts,” says Assem.
“In October 2020, archaeologists discovered 59 coffins. Each covered with intricate designs in vibrant colors. The sarcophagi had not been opened for more than 2500 years. They were extremely well preserved, just like the mummies they contained. This discovery was great news.
“Then just last January, two new tombs were discovered. One of them, the most important discovery on the site, is a 15-meter shaft with a large rectangular limestone sarcophagus at the bottom. The inscription on the top of the sarcophagus revealed the identity of the owner, Hekashepes.
“The sarcophagus was completely sealed with mortar, just as the ancient Egyptians left it 4300 years ago. When the lid was raised, the mummy of a man was found covered with gold leaf. That indicates his important status. And what is so important is that the mummy may be the oldest and the most complete mummy found in Egypt to date. So that was really important discovery of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Very impressive.”
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