Thursday, October 22, 2020

Mummies galore at Saqqara!

EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY: Archaeologists uncover huge new cache of unopened sarcophagi dating back 2,500 years at Saqqara - two weeks after they recovered 59 coffins from the ancient necropolis (Joe Pinkstone, Daily Mail).
  • Authorities announced the coffins were discovered at the famed necropolis near ancient capital of Memphis
  • The 80 sarcophagi are believed to be more than 2,500 years old, according to preliminary analysis
  • Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly toured the area and viewed the finds earlier this week
I have been following the story for weeks, watching the mummy coffins pile up. I finally decided to mention it just on general principles.

Previous commentators have exhausted the Mummy Movie theme, so I won't go there. But isn't it interesting that there are still substantial archaeological discoveries in the vicinity of the Egyptian Pyramids, one of the most explored antiquities sites in the world? I would have thought that the Saqqarah necropolis would have been utterly depleted by now. But no.

Who knows what important archaeological treasures remain to be found in Egypt and elsewhere?

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