New exhibition in Egypt for five ancient decorated tombs

Important ancient Egyptian burials in area near Cairo

21 March, 16:21

    NAPLES - Five well-decorated and well-preserved ancient Egyptian tombs from between 1570 BC and 1069 AC are the focus of a new Egypt exhibition in the Saqqara necropolis, 24 km southwest of Cairo.

    The exhibition is based on the five tombs that Egyptian researchers found in early March.

    In September they had begun excavations in the area, which is where they found the tombs of these ancient Egyptian regional leaders and building supervisors.

    Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, said the five tombs are very well-painted and well-decorated.

    He said the team plans to continue excavating because it believes it will find other tombs in the area.

    These five tombs were found near the pyramid of Djoser, in the necropolis of Saqqara.

    The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry showed them on its social media pages, with underground burial grounds decorated with ancient inscriptions and images of sacred animals and other objects the Egyptians used at that time.

    The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, which includes the famous Pyramids of Giza, as well as the smaller Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh pyramids.

    The ruins of Memphis were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

    Research is going strong also due to Egypt's increased promotion of new archaeological discoveries to drive tourism raise awareness of the archaeological work in progress.

    Tourism has struggled since 2011, following domestic clashes after the ouster of Mubarak.

    The country is also trying to overcome the Covid pandemic, which has hit tourism hard.

    Another difficult front is the war in Eastern Europe, since Russians are frequent visitors to Egypt.

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