Category: saqqara

The Tomb of Wahtye The 4,400-year-old tomb is…

The Tomb of Wahtye

The 4,400-year-old tomb is one of a kind in the last decades, found at the site of the Step Pyramid of Saqqara

near Cairo, is filled with colorful hieroglyphs and statues. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named ‘Wahtye’, with his mother, wife and other relatives.

Archaeologists is going to start excavating the tomb, and expect more discoveries to follow – including the owner’s sarcophagus.

Photos courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, AP/Reuters

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) 

The forecourt of Horemheb’s Memphite tom…

The forecourt of Horemheb’s Memphite tomb at Saqqara

New Kingdom, Late 18th Dynasty, ca. 1319-1292 BC.

The tomb from the time in which he was not yet Pharaoh Horemheb was discovered a first time in the 19th century, then it disappeared again under the sands. It was rediscovered in 1975 by Geoffrey Martin and his team who cleared the monument in four seasons of excavation.

Because of his unexpected rise to the throne, Horemheb had two tombs constructed for himself: the first – when he was a mere nobleman – at Saqqara near Memphis, and the other in the Valley of the Kings, West Thebes, in tomb KV57 as king.

egyptpassion:The Mastaba of Mereruka is the la…

egyptpassion:

The Mastaba of Mereruka is the largest in Saqqara. It has 32 rooms. Mereruka was the vizier to Teti, who was pharaoh during the VI Dynasty.
مصطبة ميريروكا هى الأكبر في سقارة. تحتوى على 32 غرفة. كان Mereruka وزير Teti ، الذي كان فرعون خلال فترة السلالة السادسة.
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tanyushenka: Photography: Egypt. Saquara near…

tanyushenka:

Photography: Egypt. Saquara near Cairo. Step pyramid of Saquara, first known pyramid known to man. 1962.

Photographer: Rene Burri

Sculptors working on statues Detail of a wall…

Sculptors working on statues

Detail of a wall carving from the

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Mastaba of Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, an ancient Egyptian royal servants. They shared the title of Overseer of the Manicurists in the Palace of King Nyuserre Ini.

Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty, ca. 2494-2345 BC. Saqqara Necropolis.

Ancient Egyptian tombs yield rare find of mu…

Ancient Egyptian tombs yield rare find of mummified scarab beetles

Archaeologists in Egypt said on Saturday they had discovered a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles, as well as an apparently pristine Fifth Dynasty tomb that they plan to open in the coming weeks.

The mummified beetles were among artifacts found in seven tombs discovered over the past six months on the edge of the King Userkaf pyramid complex at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo.

As they were preparing the site to present the latest discoveries, archaeologists found the door of another tomb that remains sealed, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters.

The tomb dates from the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom and is unusual because the facade and door are intact, meaning its contents may still be untouched, said Mohamed Youssef, director of the Saqqara area. He said experts plan to open the tomb in the coming weeks.

The Fifth Dynasty ruled Egypt from about 2500 BC to 2350 BC, not long after the great pyramid of Giza was built. Read more.

Discovery of mummies, burial shaft in Egypt sh…

Discovery of mummies, burial shaft in Egypt shed light on embalming mysteries: undefined

2,300-Year-Old Mummy Unveiled in Saqqara near …

2,300-Year-Old Mummy Unveiled in Saqqara near the Pyramid of Teti

The 2300 year old mummy wearing a golden mask was discovered at Egypt’s Saqqara Pyramids complex south of Cairo in May 2005. The mummy is unidentified from the 30th dynasty, had been closed in a wooden sarcophagus and buried in sand at the bottom of a 20’ shaft before being discovered by Louvre’s Saqqara excavations team. The identity of the mummy is unknown but it is believed that it is from the 30th dynasty (380-343 BC). The ancient Egyptian was probably wealthy owing to the fine gold used to make the mummy’s mask and the location of the burial. Photo: Marc Deville

2,300-Year-Old Mummy Unveiled in Saqqara near …

2,300-Year-Old Mummy Unveiled in Saqqara near the Pyramid of Teti

The 2300 year old mummy wearing a golden mask was discovered at Egypt’s Saqqara Pyramids complex south of Cairo in May 2005. The mummy is unidentified from the 30th dynasty, had been closed in a wooden sarcophagus and buried in sand at the bottom of a 20’ shaft before being discovered by Louvre’s Saqqara excavations team. The identity of the mummy is unknown but it is believed that it is from the 30th dynasty (380-343 BC). The ancient Egyptian was probably wealthy owing to the fine gold used to make the mummy’s mask and the location of the burial. Photo: Marc Deville