Egypt unveils ancient funerary temple south of Cairo

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Sun, 2021-01-17 12:33

CAIRO: Egypt’s former antiquities minister and noted
archaeologist Zahi Hawass on Sunday revealed details of an ancient
funerary temple in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.
Hawass told reporters at the Saqqara necropolis that archaeologists
unearthed the temple of Queen Neit, wife of King Teti, the first
king of the Sixth Dynasty that ruled Egypt from 2323 B.C. till 2150
B.C.
Archaeologists also found a 4-meter (13-foot) long papyrus that
includes texts of the Book of the Dead, which is a collection of
spells aimed at directing the dead through the underworld in
ancient Egypt, he said.
Hawass said archaeologists also unearthed burial wells, coffins and
mummies dating back to the New Kingdom that ruled Egypt between
about 1570 B.C. and 1069 B.C.
They unveiled at least 22 burial shafts up to 12 meters (40 feet)
deep, with more than 50 wooden coffins dating back to the New
Kingdom, said Hawass, who is Egypt’s best known
archaeologist.
Hawass, known for his Indiana Jones hat and TV specials on
Egypt’s ancient sites, said work has been done at the site close
to the Pyramid of Teti for over a decade.
The discovery was the result of cooperation between the Antiquities
Ministry and the Zahi Hawass Center at the Bibliotheca
Alexandrina.
The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis at Egypt’s ancient
capital of Memphis that includes the famed Giza pyramids as well as
smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of
Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1970s.
In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological
finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of
attracting more tourists to the country.
The vital tourism sector suffered from years of political turmoil
and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat
Hosni Mubarak.

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Egypt unveils ancient funerary temple south of Cairo