Mummy work­shop found at Saqqara

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

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

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