Sarcophagi that are around 2500 years old, are seen inside the newly discovered burial site near Egypt's Saqqara necropolis, in Giza, Egypt, October 3, 2020. Memphis city is believed to have been founded by the Pharaoh Menes, and was the capital of Ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom. Their finding was presented to Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) earlier this month. 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It’s the innermost point inside the tomb and held the statues of the tomb’s owner, Amenemhat, and his wife Enuit. Sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter for an Egypt News Digest and summaries of our latest posts! But for reasons unknown, “there was no modern documentation of the coffin’s interior, so we had no idea what to expect, plain wood or an exquisitely painted deity staring back at us,” said Manuelian. The recent archaeological discovery of 59 Ancient Egyptian coffins, announced on 3 October, is considered the largest of its kind in 2020. The Fourth block contains three rows of scenes representing King Ptolemy in front of Osiris, who sits on the throne, and behind Osiris stands a goddess. A bronze statue of the god Nefertam and a wooden obelisk decorated with hieroglyphs were also recently uncovered. This is where the team found the painted leopard, a symbol of strength that was placed by the head of the deceased person to offer protection during the journey to the afterlife. Last month, the mission also discovered a group of 14 intact wooden coffins in three burial wells, as well as a further discovery of 13 coffins at the Saqqara Necropolis. The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities publishes a helpful round-up of recent discoveries, events, and projects in Egypt in an accessible PDF format. Every two months, the Nile Scribes bring you summaries of the latest research and discoveries in Egyptology, both from the field and the archives. This is “the biggest discovery in 2020”, says Mostafa Waziry, the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. To learn more, please see our Privacy Policy. We introduce you to the newest archaeological finds or rediscovered artefacts from museum collections, plus other new theories stirring in the Egyptological Zeitgeist. Published 21st September 2020. The third block is also rectangular and depicts King Ptolemy presenting a necklace to Osiris who sits on the throne, with his sister Isis behind him. Along with the 59 coffins, the majority of which are said to still have mummified remains inside, many statues were also found, with more artefacts expected to be uncovered soon. Waziri stressed that this is the first time that clay coffins dating back to the third Naqada period have been discovered in Daqahliya governorate, as they had only previously been discovered by a Polish mission in Farkha hill.”, “The find was a highlight of a week-long research project led by Manuelian and financed by a grant from the Dean’s Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship. The upper row is completely lost, leaving only the legs of the king, the base of the throne of Osiris, and the feet of the deity standing behind him.”, “Workers on a sanitation project in Dandit village, located in Egypt’s Daqahlia Governorate, discovered on Monday large blocks of stone with what appear to be inscriptions in the hieroglyphic language. The body of Ankh-khonsu had been removed more than 100 years ago when the coffin was brought from Egypt to Cambridge, and the container was reopened about 30 years ago. It’s approximately 1.5 meter deep and we found a room dug into the rock that may have held Amenemhat’s sarcophagus,” Pellini from Luxor told ANBA.”, “The archaeological mission of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has finished documenting a colorful antique inscription dating back to about 10,000 years BC found in an archaeological cave located roughly 60km southeast of Serabit al-Khadem, and 30km north of Saint Catherine, as part of a project documenting rock inscriptions in South Sinai. Jeff Parsons Wednesday 9 Sep 2020 10:49 am. Thus, this essay will discuss the first discovery of this mysterious land in 2020. The ministry says it will release further details at a news conference on Saturday. March 3, 2020. We introduce you to the newest archaeological finds or rediscovered artefacts from museum collections, plus other new theories stirring in the Egyptological Zeitgeist. Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English. We are excited to be your portal to the world of ancient Egypt! Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed more than 100 delicately painted wooden coffins, some with mummies inside, and 40 funeral statues in … Tourists take pictures at the burial chamber and sarcophagus of King Djoser inside the standing step pyramid of Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt, March 5, 2020. The team, led by former Egyptian minister of antiquities, Mamdouh Eldamaty from Ain Shams University, used ground-penetrating radar and found a secret corridor near the tomb of one of Egypt’s most famous royals, the pharaoh Tutankhamun. Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered almost 30 sarcophagi believed to have been buried for around ... One of the 27 new sarcophagi discovered at Saqqara, Egypt. The 26th Dynasty faced a world in which Egypt was no longer concerned with its role in international power politics, but with its survival as a nation. “370 ancient coins were uncovered in the monastery of Saint Fana in Minya governorate. “Minya is set to be put on Egypt’s tourists map for its distinguished archaeological sites,” El-Enany said.”, “An Egyptian archaeological mission affiliated with the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced on Wednesday the discovery of 83 graves during archaeological excavations in the Om El-Khelgan region in Egypt’s Daqahliya governorate in the Nile Delta. An unheard-of 1.5-meter-deep well was found inside the tomb and is likely to lead to a burial chamber with several materials. Colorful wooden coffins, adorned with inscriptions, hidden for more than 3,000 years near the Egyptian city of Luxor were opened by archaeologists on Saturday. The same thing is applicable to the year 2020. The newly discovered bronze statue of the god Nefertum was found lying beside the 26th Dynasty coffins. EGYPT archaeologists were thrilled when they discovered a new pyramid, but what they found below left them with more questions than answers. Police moved to the site where the workers were digging, which is near the cemetery of the village, and found large blocks of stone with Pharaonic-like inscriptions and symbols, at a depth of about 4 to 15 meters.”, “The fifth phase of the Brazilian archeological mission in Egypt led by José Roberto Pellini, a professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) started in early December 2019 and will finish on January 25, and has already made a discover in the Theban tomb 123 (TT123) at the Theban Necropolis in Luxor. It’s also part of a push by the museum to find ways to allow greater access to its collection of antiquities. In 2019, archaeologists discovered 30 sealed wooden coffins, their mummies still intact, in the ancient necropolis of El-Assasif near Luxor, Egypt. The most recently found ornately carved and decorated sarcophagi were unearthed during an ongoing archaeological dig near Egypt’s ancient capital, Memphis – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the same place that 13 pristine specimens were discovered last week. The long and rich traditions behind them, however, fortified the culture, which saw a new phase of artistic expression in stone monuments and statuary. Wooden coffins inscribed with ancient names were found among the same assortment. Waziri confirmed that the archaeological discovery in Saqqara has not yet ended, with excavation work ongoing to unearth more coffins in the archaeological area. Last updated 8:46 AM, Monday September 21 2020 GMT+1 Share Tweet Archaeologists have found 27 Egyptian tombs that are said to have been buried more than 2,500 years ago. It is named after Saint Fana, also known as Bane (c. 354–395), Coptic Christian hermit. By Callum Hoare PUBLISHED: 18:04, Wed, Feb 5, 2020 The 26th Dynasty or the Saite period in Ancient Egypt, founded by the Pharoah Psamtik I, was the last native dynasty to rule Egypt before the Persian conquest in 525 BCE. ... Stay tuned for the announcement of a new discovery … You may also opt-out of the use of Google Analytics here. Staff members work near a newly discovered coffin on the site of the discovery in the Saqqara necropolis, Giza province, Egypt, on Oct. 3, 2020. The secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said the graves date back to the first half of the fourth millennium BC, which is known as the Buto era. It was found by chance, upon notification from a desert adventurer in South Sinai.”, “The communal tombs were dedicated to high priests of the god Djehuty and senior officials in the fifteenth nome of Upper Egypt and its capital, Ashmunin. The Egyptian mission unveiled 20 sarcophagi and coffins varying in shape and size as part of the latest discovery. The area hosts at least 10 other pyramids, along with hundreds of tombs of ancient officials and other sites that range from the First Dynasty (2920 BCE to 2770 BCE) to the Coptic period (395 CE to 642 CE). “Our focus this year was digging into the so-called Statue Room. Jan 2, 2020 CAIRO — Egypt announced Dec. 19 the discovery of a new oil and gas field in the Abu Senan area in the Western Desert. Daily News Egypt July 28, 2020 Comments Off Earlier, the Egyptian archaeological mission headed by Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, announced the discovery of a carved bronze statue of the god Nefertumat the Saqqara necropolis. The archaeological discovery in Saqqara also included a collection of 28 statues of the main god of Saqqara Necropolis, Ptah-Soker, the creator-god and maker of things, who was also a patron of craftsmen, especially sculptors. The latest issue was published in January 2020 (click here for English or Arabic). They report that they have identified a previously unknown corridor-like space a few metres from the burial chamber (see ‘Chamber of secrets’). As we started cleaning that room, we discovered a large well and started digging it until we found a new chamber under it; now we have a well dug into the stone at the Statue Room floor. Although there is still much work to be done to identify the remains in the burials, preliminary studies show that the coffins belong to elite individuals, including priests and top officials, from the 26th Dynasty of the Late Pharaonic Period, between 664-525 BCE. The monastery is sometimes called the Monastery of Abu Fanah and is also known as the Monastery of the Cross, due to the presence of many beautifully decorated crosses inside its church.”, “The first block is irregular in shape and bears decorative units representing the facade of the palace, while the second block is rectangular and features two scenes. 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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About 59 coffins were recently discovered in Saqqara area, dating back to last native dynasty before Persian conquest. “It turned out to be the latter, hiding somewhat beneath a layer of resinous material used in the funeral process.”, “This necropolis is where the residents of Aswan were buried between the 7th century B.C. The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziry explained that the cave was located in a difficult region called al-Zaranij. The sandstone cave is at a depth of about three meters, 3.5 meters tall, and 22 meters wide, and is the first of its kind to be discovered in South Sinai. A joint Egyptian-Spanish archaeological mission announced a major discovery in the Bahnasah region, in Minya governorate, consisting of a unique cemetery. It remained an important city throughout Ancient Egyptian history. Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground, which served as the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Minister El-Enany said that since 2018, several discoveries have been made in Minya governorate, including a cachette of mummies, as well as several tombs full of sarcophagi and funerary collections including jewelleries, ushabti figurines and funerary masks. Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said the coffins discovered in Saqqara will be transported to the restoration centre at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), along with 30 ancient wooden coffins that were discovered last October in Luxor. Egypt announced on Saturday that it had discovered more than 100 intact sarcophagi dating back more than 2,500 years, making it the largest find of its kind in 2020. Look also at the bottom of the blog for a special mention regarding the continued hype around the tomb of Tutankhamun and the search for Nefertiti. The bodies were accompanied by many objects, including stuccoed body covers painted with gold, a funerary bed, parts of sarcophagi, a stretcher for the mummies, and lots of pottery vessels. So, every year, dedicated archaeological missions uncover the hidden treasures of ancient Egypt through their excavations. Egypt announces new archaeological discovery from Ramses II era In a statement, the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced that a number of carved stone blocks and statues were discovered during excavations 2km southeast of Memphis, in the modern day area of Mit Rahina, in Giza. Daily News Egypt October 15, 2020 Comments Off The recent archaeological discovery of 59 Ancient Egyptian coffins, announced on 3 October, is … In accessing and using our website, you agree to their use. and the 3rd century A.D. One of the tombs, number AGH026, already made news last year when a large room was found with about 30 bodies buried between the 2nd century B.C. Egypt is a land of archaeological grandeur. The site has yielded some remarkable finds, including limestone and wooden coffins, a huge cat cemetery and a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles. The goal was to create a complete digital visual record of Ankh-khonsu’s coffin, along with two others, which then can be shared with students, researchers, museum visitors, and other enthusiasts. We are including this as a potential “discovery” although it is waiting to be confirmed in due course: “A radar survey around the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings has revealed possible evidence of further hidden chambers behind its walls. Egypt's Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities to announce new discovery via internet on April 18. Every two months, the Nile Scribes bring you summaries of the latest research and discoveries in Egyptology, both from the field and the archives. If proven true, it could mark one of the biggest archaeological discoveries in the country’s history. Initial studies indicate that these coffins are still intact and have not been opened since they were buried inside the well. The Monastery of Saint Fana is a Coptic Orthodox monastery, located in Minya Governorate about 300 km south of Cairo, northwest of Hermopolis around 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the village of Qasr Hur and east of the village of Beni Khaled. Egypt: Treasure 'more beautiful than Tutankhamun’s' discovered at unopened tomb EGYPT experts were thrilled to uncover a funeral mask in the sand outside the location of a new … Thus, it always fascinates us. The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said in an official statement that the new oil and gas field was discovered after excavation work by Borg El-Arab Petroleum Company, a government-affiliated company. Egyptologist Ramadan Hussein says the discovery of the burial complex, which dates back to 600 B.C., offers new clues about the death rituals and business practices of the ancient Egyptians. Moderated by Toronto-based Taylor and Thomas, Nile Scribes is a dual-language blog on the latest in Egyptology. With 2020 in full swing, there have been several announcements of discoveries already, ranging from a communal tombs for priests, to the discovery of Ptolemaic blocks at Sohag. Nov. 15, 2020. The tomb of Tutankhamun and the possibility of a new chamber hidden behind his burial chamber continue to make it into the news. The findings — in an unpublished report, details of which have been seen by Nature — resurrect a controversial theory that the young king’s burial place hides the existence of a larger tomb, which could contain the mysterious Egyptian queen Nefertiti. The right scene shows King Ptolemy providing clothes to Osiris, who sits on the throne, and the left scene shows King Ptolemy presenting another type of clothing to the god Osiris, who sits on the throne. CAIRO – Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 coffins at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, a burial ground that is also home to one of the world’s oldest pyramids, the ministry of touri… “Clearly there is something on the other side of the north wall of the burial chamber.”. Egypt has announced the discovery of a ... “The mission continues excavation work on the site and it is expected to result in many other new discoveries ... Vanguard Newspaper 8th January 2020 Tweets by @DailyNewsEgypt Saqqara was part of the necropolis in Memphis, and is famous for its 5,000-year-old Step pyramid of Djoser. CAIRO - 16 April 2020: Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani confirmed that he will announce a new archeological discovery next Saturday, April 18, for the first time via the internet. Saqqara, 32 km south of Egypt’s capital Cairo, is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1970s. During this era, Egypt enjoyed the benefits of stable rule by a single strong family. 10 Amazing New Ancient Egyptian Discoveries, Including Mysterious Hieroglyphics Jana Louise Smit With 2019 drawing to a close, this year’s Egyptology harvest proved excellent once again. The collection includes 5 anthropoid sarcophagi made of limestone, upon which hieroglyphic inscriptions are carved. This will take place in preparation for their display in the museum once it is officially inaugurated. The large number of intact coffins has stayed undisturbed in their resting place for the better part of 2,600 years. The company responsible for work on the project immediately reported the discovery to Mit Ghamr police station. Piacentini told ANSA that although the leopard is a frequent symbol in Egypt, “it is very rare to find it painted.”. Sca ) earlier this month burial chamber. ” and Thomas, Nile Scribes is a dual-language blog on the immediately! 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