Sunday 17th January 2021
Mortuary temple for Queen Naert
52 sarcophagi unearthed in Egypt
The excavation site in Saqqara is a real godsend for archaeologists. The ancient sarcophagi that have now been uncovered come from a depth of twelve meters. They are designed to help complete the story of Saqqara.
Archaeologists have discovered around fifty sarcophagi and a mortuary temple that is more than 2500 years old during excavations in Egypt. As the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced, the coffins were found in 52 shafts, each twelve meters deep, in the ancient Egyptian tomb of Saqqara south of Cairo. The mortuary temple was built in honor of Queen Naert, the wife of Pharaoh King Teti, said excavation manager Sahi Hawass.
He hopes the discovery will reveal more details about the history of Saqqara, said the well-known Egyptologist. The wooden coffins can therefore be dated to the time of the New Kingdom, around 16th to 11th centuries BC. The archaeological treasures were found near the pyramid of King Teti.
More than 100 sarcophagi presented in 2020
The burial place of the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Archaeologists had only presented the find of more than a hundred well-preserved sarcophagi there in November – the largest discovery in 2020.
Egypt hopes the discoveries will boost tourism, which had recovered slightly last year after years of political conflict and attacks. The corona pandemic has plunged the industry into a new deep crisis.