Category: history

Egypt unveils ‘one of a kind’ 4,400-year-old t…

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Egypt unveiled a well-preserved 4,400-year-old tomb colorfully decorated with hieroglyphs and statues in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on Saturday

Dec. 15, 2018

The tomb belongs to “Wahtye” a high priest who served during the reign of King Neferirkare Kakai of the 5th Dynasty (between 2500-2300 BC).

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Officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months. Four of the tomb’s five shafts have yet to be unsealed, meaning there could be more treasures to be discovered. 

The tomb was found in a buried ridge at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara. It was untouched and unlooted, Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters at the site.

He described the find as “one of a kind in the last decades”. The walls are decorated with hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs.

One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, but the other four were sealed.

They are expecting to make discoveries when they excavate those shafts starting on Sunday, he said. He was hopeful about one shaft in particular.

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Photos: (AP: Amr Nabil) 

Tomb of Ramesses VI The walkway of the to…

Tomb of Ramesses VI

The walkway of the tomb of Ramesses VI (KV9) towards the main chamber. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Photo: Jakub Kyncl

Mummified Gazelle A queen’s pet gazelle…

Mummified Gazelle

A queen’s pet gazelle was readied for eternity with the same lavish care as a member of the royal family. In fine, blue-trimmed bandages and a custom-made wooden coffin, it accompanied its owner to the grave in about 945 BC.
Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photograph by Richard Barnes

The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza

Kenneth Garrett Photography

Golden flies of Queen Ahhotep IIah (“pea…

Golden flies of Queen Ahhotep I

Iah (“peace of the moon”),

the mother of Ahmose I. The fly symbolized tenacity, this ceremonial necklace given as award for valor in battle. Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty, ca. 1580-1550 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Daily life scene Relief depicting a man milkin…

Daily life scene 

Relief depicting a man milking a cow, detail of a wall carving from the Mastaba of Kagemni. Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty,

reign of king Teti, ca. 2345-2333 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

Mummies of Seti I and Ramesses IIThe mummy of …

Mummies of Seti I and Ramesses II

  1. The mummy of Seti I, who reigned around 1290-1279 BC.
  2. The mummy of Ramesses II, who reigned around 1279-1213 BC.

Adelphoi Zangaki (Zangaki brothers), c. 1870-1890 

Images: Śląska Biblioteka Cyfrowa via Europeana

Queen Arsinoe II Philadelphos Black granite…

Queen Arsinoe II Philadelphos

Black granite

statue of Queen Arsinoe II Philadelphos

identified with the goddess Isis,
daughter of Ptolemy I Soter and wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphus. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 316-270 BC. Treasures of Egypt Exhibition, Paris.

The holy triad of the Osiris family The Egypt…

The holy triad of the Osiris family

The Egyptian god Osiris seated between his wife Isis and their son Horus. 

This extremely precious solid gold and lapis lazuli

pendant bearing the name of King Osorkon II. Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, reign of

Osorkon II, ca. 872-837 BC. Now in the Louvre.

Ka statue of king Hor Awibre, Hor IThe statue …

Ka statue of king Hor Awibre, Hor I

The statue was excavated in 1894 in the tomb of king Hor that was found by a team of excavators under the direction of Jacques de Morgan. The tomb is located north of the pyramid complex of Amenemhat III at Dahshur.

This

rare life-size wooden statue

of king Hor Awibre has the hieroglyphic symbol for the Ka two raised arms above his head, emphasizing its purpose.

The king wears a tripartite wig that emphasizes his ears, and a long false beard. His eyes are made of bronze, rock crystal and white quartz, producing a very realistic effect.

Middle Kingdom, 13th Dynasty, ca. 1777-1775 BC. The statue is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.