Archaeologists have made another great discovery in the Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara. For example, an ancient mortuary temple with more than fifty coffins has been found, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reported Saturday.
The wooden sarcophagi date from the New Kingdom, the period in Egyptian antiquity between around 1500 and 1000 BC. The coffins were found in 52 burial shafts at depths of ten to twelve meters, the ministry said.
The mortuary temple itself belonged to the Egyptian Queen Naert, the wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Teti, who ruled in the Old Kingdom at the beginning of the Sixth Dynasty (2325 to 2150 BC). Parts of the temple had already been uncovered in recent years. Three brick warehouses have also been found on the site.
The finds were made by a team of archaeologists led by the famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawass. He said the discovery could shed new light on the history of Saqqara in New Kingdom times.
Necropolis is home to many historical treasures
The necropolis Saqqara served as a burial site for more than three thousand years and belonged to the former capital Memphis. The famous step pyramid of Djoser is also located in Saqqara. The city of the dead is located about 30 kilometers south of the Egyptian capital Cairo and is on the World Heritage List of the United Nations.
Large historical treasures have been found at the site more often in recent years. In November, archaeologists found more than 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest find from last year. Two months earlier, treasure hunters came across 27 coffins in the necropolis.
Egypt has given a lot of priority in recent years to making archaeological discoveries in order to attract more tourists to the country. The tourism industry was badly hit after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak and subsequent unrest in 2011.