Only one percent exposed
The archaeologists can hope for further discoveries at the site. “Saqqara has only released around one percent of what is hidden there,” said Al-Anani. “If we continue to work, we can be expected to find more graves of humans and animals.” The excavations are far from over.
Once a Friefhof, today a World Heritage Site
Saqqara is located on the Nile south of Cairo and served as a cemetery for the capital of the Memphis Empire in Pharaonic times. The sight, popular with tourists, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pyramids of Saqqara are considered a “great masterpiece of architectural design”, as Unesco writes. There is also the famous 5,000 year old step pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser.