Mummy workshop found at Saqqara
Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be a mummification workshop at the Saqqara necropolis near Memphis, the first capital of Ancient Egypt.
“A joint Egyptian-German mission of archaeologists have discovered a 30-metre-deep shaft dating back to the 26th dynasty,” Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told a press conference at the site of the discovery. Al-Anani said pottery containing oils used in mummification, along with 35 mummies, five sarcophagi and one wooden coffin were found in the shaft.
“This is the beginning of a new discovery... we still need a lot of work in the site,” the minister said. The site, which lies south of the Unas pyramid at Saqarra, was last excavated more than 100 years ago, in 1900.
The newly discovered find contained a number of mummies