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Mummies of Egyptian high priests unearthed


Posted on Saturday, 1 February, 2020 | Comment icon 4 comments

Funerary servant shabti figurines. (file photo) Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Serge Ottaviani
A huge burial ground filled with mummies and shabti figurines has been discovered at a site south of Cairo.
The remarkable find, which includes 20 limestone sarcophagi and up to 700 amulets made of gold and precious gems, was announced by Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities on Thursday.

Excavations at the site are still ongoing and while archaeologists are unsure exactly how many mummies are there, it is expected that the tombs will contain a substantial number of them.
The high priests found buried so far date back to Egypt's 'Late Period' (664 BC to 332 BC).

This era of Egyptian history was marked by foreign invasions which left Egypt struggling to secure its own independence. The period ended when Alexander the Great's armies entered the country.

Among the artefacts discovered at the site were as many as 10,000 shabti figurines. Created from a type of glazed ceramic known as faience, these figurines were an important part of Egyptian burial practices at that time as it was believed that they would serve the deceased in the afterlife.

"Excavations are still running," said Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. "We expect to find more and more and more [discoveries] in this area."

Source: Live Science | Comments (4)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DreadLordAvatar on 1 February, 2020, 18:15
Very cool discovery.  Unfortunately, bribery and corruption run deep in this country and one can only question how authentic and truthful the Antiquities ministry reports really are.
Comment icon #2 Posted by MissJatti on 2 February, 2020, 7:02
Looks like similar to the Terracotta Warriors In China, they dug up, in the first picture. But instead of statues they are sarcophaguses  
Comment icon #3 Posted by mdbuilder on 2 February, 2020, 14:49
They're unsure how many mummies there are but they know precisely how much gold, amulets and jewels there are...
Comment icon #4 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod on 3 February, 2020, 1:36
Cool discovery.


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