Egypt Rewrites its History with Unveiling of Ancient Treasure
Saqqara: On Sunday, Egypt’s noted archaeologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass revealed that ancient funerary temples had been discovered at the Saqqara archaeological site near Cairo, Egypt.
Speaking to the press at the Saqqara necropolis, Hawass said, “Archaeologists have unearthed the temple of Queen Neit, wife of King Teti, the first king of the Sixth Dynasty that ruled Egypt from 2323 B.C. till 2150 B.C.” He added that “archaeologists have also found a 4-meter (13-foot) long papyrus that includes texts of the ‘Book of the Dead’, which is a collection of spells aimed at directing the dead through the underworld in ancient Egypt.”
The cooperation between the Antiquities Ministry and the Zahi Hawass Center at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina resulted in this discovery which may change the history of Egypt.
Hawass said that the archaeologists also unearthed burial wells, coffins and mummies which date back to the New Kingdom that ruled Egypt between about 1570 B.C. and 1069 B.C. The team also discovered at least 22 burial shafts up to 40 feet deep, with more than 50 wooden coffins.
Hawass, known for his Indiana Jones hat and TV specials on Egypt’s ancient sites, said that work has been going on at the site close to the Pyramid of Teti for over a decade. The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis at Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis, it includes the notable Giza pyramids as well as smaller pyramids at AbuSir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site during the 1970s.
In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more tourists to the country. This new discovery around the capital will act as a soothing balm for the turmoiled tourism sector of the country.
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