Tue, 19 Jan 2021 - 01:47 GMT
Part of the Saqqara discoveries - Photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities
CAIRO – 19 January 2021: Ancient Origins shed light on archaeologists excavating the famous Saqqara region in Egypt.
The website focuses on the list of distinguished discoveries that includes coffins and a 4-meter-long section of the Book of the Dead, and the lost mortuary temple of Queen Nearit, the wife of King Teti, the first pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty in Egypt.
Famed archeologist Zahi Hawass confirmed that the mission found the funerary temple of the Queen Nearit, the wife of King Teti, where part of the temple was uncovered in the years prior to the mission. He also noted that the mission found the layout of the temple, in addition to three warehouses built of mud bricks in the southeastern side, to store offerings and tools that were used to revive the Queen's creed.
In addition, 52 wells were found, with depths ranging from 10 to 12 meters, containing more than 50 wooden coffins from the New Kingdom era.
This is the first time that coffins dating back 3,000 years have been found in the Saqqara region.
These coffins have a human form and on their surface many scenes of the deities who were worshiped during this period are engraved, as well as various parts of the texts from the Book of the Dead that help the deceased on his journey to the other world.