Two Ancient Egyptian Tombs Found in Saqqara, Cairo

Things to Do, What's New — By Pharaonick on July 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Two tombs believed to date back to the 6th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom were discovered last week in Saqqara. They were found not far from the Step Pyramid of Djoser by an Egyptian team of archaeologists that has been excavating the site since the 80’s.

According to Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, the tombs belong to a top government official and his son. As well as some brightly coloured reliefs and some false doors, the tombs contained offering vessels carved in the shape of ducks, and a small limestone obelisk.

You can find more information on the discovery in this article. And here is a short video on the find by al-Jazeera. Check out Zahi Hawass’s trademark Indiana Jones-style cowboy hat!

Saqqara was one of the earliest and most significant necropolises of the ancient Egyptians. It’s a site that’s well worth visiting. As well as the famous Step Pyramid, it contains the Pyramid of Unas, the Serapeum, and numerous beautiful tombs such as the Mastabas of Ti and Mereruka.

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