There has been a report that 30 mummies have been located in a tomb by Saqqara, the ancient site of the famous step pyramid of Djoser. The Step Pyramid, designed by history’s first known genius Imhotep, is one of the earliest stone structures built (recent archeology has uncovered others, bur nothing on this scale).
The report is as follows:
CAIRO, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) — An Egyptian archaeological mission has found about two dozen mummies in an ancient tomb of the Pharahonic era in the Saqqara area south of Cairo.
The mummies were unearthed in the tomb, which lies to the west of Zoser’s step pyramid and dates back to the 6th dynasty in ancient Egypt, or about 4,300 B.C., said the official MENA news agency.
According to MENA, the archaeological team, led by Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities Zahi Hawas, found five holes with each containing four mummies, one of which of a dog.
They also found some skeletons and a 180-cm-long casket contained the mummy of a man named Badi Harri who lived in 640 B.C., Hawas was quoted as saying.
Four more caskets of limestone were also discovered in the tomb.
“The mission will open it this week,” Hawas said, adding the team has been working in the area for more than one year.
One of the sarcophagi is below:
It appears most of the mummies come from the 26th dynasty of Egypt, called the “Saite Period” (685-525 BC). Some of the updates related to this site:
— the original owner of the squatted tomb is a dyn. 6 priest called
— in the Saitic period a second corridor was added to the tomb
that broke through one of the walls of the tomb chamber (the
chamber was decorated with reliefs).
— they confirm that there are indeed five niches in one wall, with
each four mummies, and that there’s indeed a mummified dog in
one of those niches.
— they might solve yesterday’s puzzle by mentioning that another
wall had two niches, with skeletal remains [which could be deceased
no. 21 and 22].
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