Ancient Mysteries Revealed at Saqqara Necropolis
The incredible monuments and tombs of Egypt’s ancient history have long been an iconic part of our collective cultural heritage. Recently, these mysteries have been revealed even more with the unveiling of ancient workshops and tombs discovered at the Pharaonic necropolis of Saqqara, just outside of Cairo.
Saqqara is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the oldest parts of Egypt’s capital Memphis, which served as the administrative hub of the country for over two billion years. Its immense historical value makes it a favorite tourist attraction, and its sheer size means that archaeologists and historians are regularly finding new surprises within its depths.
The recent discoveries include a number of workshops, tombs, and mud-brick walls, which are believed to have been constructed during the reign of King Unas in the Fifth Dynasty, around 25-24 century BC. Among the finds are a number of sealed doorways and gates, which contain many painted scenes from the afterlife and Hieroglyphic inscriptions.
Thanks to the archaeological team’s hard work, these doors can once again be opened. This unique window into the past reveals how the ancient Egyptians lived, worked and worshipped thousands of years ago.
The recent discovery also includes the tomb of a high priest named “Rey”, and the Ramesseum, which is believed to have been built in the second half of the 19th century BC during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II.
The hieroglyphic inscriptions featured on the tombs and workshops provide valuable insight into the beliefs and everyday lives of the ancient Egyptians. They help to shed light on a culture that was often shrouded in mystery, and make it easier for archaeologists and historians to interpret the objects they uncover.
These new discoveries offer further evidence of the incredible richness and complexity of Egypt’s past. It’s a testament to the skill and ingenuity of those who lived in Egypt thousands of years ago, and will be studied by future generations for centuries to come.