5 well-preserved historic tombs have been lately unearthed in Saqqara, an acropolis exterior Cairo, in keeping with a Reuters report.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities confirmed that the tombs are no less than 4,000 years outdated, courting to the Previous Kingdom and the First Intermediate Interval. The latter is a darkish time in Egypt’s historical past, because the regime of the Previous Kingdom broke down and monuments and artworks have been destroyed. The newly found tombs are one of many few surviving relics from the interval.
The tombs, which have been discovered close to the pyramid of King Merenre I, belonged to a number of the period’s high officers, together with court docket advisers and clergymen. Along with elaborately painted partitions, the chambers contained over 20 sarcophagi, toys, picket boats, masks and extra artifacts.
This most up-to-date discover comes only a few months after the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the invention of the tomb of a treasurer of New Kingdom pharaoh Ramses II, additionally at Saqqara.
The invention additionally coincides with the federal government’s “Follow the Sun” campaign on social media, which celebrates Egypt’s archaeological heritage. The nation depends closely on the tourism business, which has taken successful over the previous two years as a result of world pandemic and extra lately, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A big quantity Egypt’s vacationers hail from Russia, Ukraine and Poland.