Published: Tue, January 19, 2021

Ancient temple found in Egypt necropolis

Ancient temple found in Egypt necropolis

An Egyptian archeological mission working in Saqqara necropolis near the Pyramids of Giza announced on Sunday the discovery of the funerary temple of ancient Egyptian Queen Neit, wife and daughter of King Teti, the first pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty that ruled Egypt over 4,300 years ago.

Mr Hawass added that archaeologists had also unearthed burial wells, coffins and mummies dating back to the New Kingdom that ruled Egypt between about 1570 BC and 1069 BC.

Ancient games, statues and masks were also found at the site. Hawass said digging work will continue until the burial chamber is discovered.

Hawass said in a statement that the new discovery would help study the history of the Sahara between the 16th and 11th centuries BC.

Hawass explained that these discoveries will "rewrite the history of this region", especially when it comes to the Eighteenth and the Nineteenth Dynasties of the New Kingdom, during which King Teti was worshipped and the citizens at that time were buried around his pyramid.

The tourism and antiquities ministry said the "major discoveries" made by a team of archaeologists headed by famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass also included more than 50 sarcophagi.

In recent months, Egypt unearthed hundreds of coffins of top officials and priests in Saqqara, all dating back to the more recent Late and Ptolemaic periods. The ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site during the 1970s.

The new discovery is distinguished because older New Kingdom sarcophagi were found, the ministry has said.

In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to global media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more tourists to the country. One of the coffins belonged to a soldier.

At the time, Antiquities and Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani predicted that 'Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents'.

This new discovery around the capital will act as a soothing balm for the turmoiled tourism sector of the country.

Authorities hope to finally inaugurate the Grand Egyptian Museum at the Giza plateau later this year after the delays it encountered in the past years.

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