Skip to comments.Archaeologists in Egypt discover ancient mummification workshop
Posted on 07/15/2018 10:09:58 AM PDT by ETL
Archaeologists in Egypt made a surprising discovery dating back more 2,500 years near the country's famed pyramids south of Cairo.
Their findings, which include a mummification workshop and a shaft, used as a communal burial place, are located at the vast Saqqara necropolis part of the Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Memphis was the first capital of ancient Egypt and its large necropolis houses a wide range of temples and tombs as well as the three pyramids of Giza.
The latest find, announced at a press conference Saturday, belongs to the Saite-Persian Period, from 664-404 B.C. The site, which lies south of Unas pyramid, was last excavated more than 100 years ago, in 1900.
Among the artifacts found were a gilded silver mummy mask, fragments of mummy cartonnages, canopic cylindrical jars and marl clay and faience cups. Many will be displayed in the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, the first phase of which is expected to be inaugurated later this year.
Down the 30-meter-deep shaft lie several mummies, wooden coffins and sarcophagi. The shaft is comprised of burial chambers carved into the bedrock lining the sides of two hallways.
In mummification workshop, an embalmer's cachette was found that archaeologists believe will reveal more about the oils used in the mummification process in the 26th Dynasty.
"We are in front of a goldmine of information about the chemical composition of these oils," Archaeologist Ramadan Hussein said at the press conference, reports the Associated Press.
"It's only the beginning," added Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani.
Egypt has gone at great length to revive its vital tourism industry, still reeling from the political turmoil that followed a 2011 popular uprising. It hopes such discoveries, along with the inauguration of the museum at the Giza plateau, will help encourage more tourists to visit.
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Title is misleading or link is wrong.
The headline about an iceberg in Greenland, doesn’t match the story of an Egyptian mummy.
strange looking iceberg
Mummies and icebergs.....hmmm...weird twist
Oops! Sorry, that was another article I was considering posting.
Here you could use this.
Headline does not match story.
I wanted to find out about this most unfortunate Greenland village being approached by an icy behemoth.
Might be a good time to take a quick trip to Montreal, Ca.
> Title is misleading or link is wrong. <
Maybe the iceberg formed in Egypt, then floated to Greenland.
Title no match for article.
So YOU will be responsible when some idiot Tweets that there was an iceberg spotted off the coast of Egypt!!!
There’s nothing whatsoever in the story about an iceberg.
That little town is destined to be literally wiped off the map. Time to back your bags and get out of town.
They sit there, in the shadows of the Giants’ raised boot.
The Giant is about to Stomp!
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