Saqqara Necropolis

New finds at Egypt’s city of dead

Archaeologists have been unveiling the latest discoveries from the Saqqara necropolis, or city of the dead, south of Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

Two tombs dating from between 3,000 and 4,200 years ago are of a royal scribe and a butler.

Another find is of sarcophaguses of a priest and his female companion from the 12th dynasty (1991-1786 BC).

What I find interesting is that the tomb of the  scribe dates to the period of Akhenaten, the ‘heretic’ pharaoh who rejected Egypt’s old gods, in favour of one god, Aten. He was Tutankhamen’s predecessor.

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