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Egypt reveals treasure trove of newly discovered ancient artifacts

CAIRO – Egypt on Monday unveiled a trove of ancient artifacts dating back 2,500 years that the country’s antiquities authorities said were recently unearthed at the famous necropolis of Sakkara near Cairo.

The artifacts were displayed in a temporary exhibition at the base of the step pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, 24 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of the Egyptian capital.

According to Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Antiquities Council, the find includes 250 painted sarcophagi with well-preserved mummies inside, as well as 150 bronze statues of ancient deities and bronze vessels used in rituals of Isis, the goddess of fertility in ancient Egyptian mythology, all from the late period, around 500 BC

A headless bronze statue of Imhotep, the chief architect of Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled ancient Egypt between 2630 B.C. and 2611 BC. reigned, was also exhibited.

The artifacts will be transferred for a permanent exhibition at the new Grand Egyptian Museum, a mega-project still under construction near the famous Pyramids of Giza, just outside Cairo.

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The Saqqara site is part of a vast necropolis in Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, which includes the Pyramids of Giza and the smaller pyramids of Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh. The Memphis Ruins were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s.

Egypt has heavily promoted recent archaeological finds in hopes of attracting more tourists to the country. The tourism sector, a major source of foreign exchange, suffered from years of political unrest and violence following the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The sector has recently started to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, only to be hit again by the effects of Russia’s war against Ukraine. Along with Russia, Ukraine is a major source of tourists visiting Egypt.

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