In Egypt, archaeologists uncover two 2,500-year-old tombs, golden tongues from the Saite Dynasty

Updated: Dec 06, 2021, 11:35 AM(IST)

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Cairo has announced that a Spanish archaeological mission discovered two adjacent tombs in Egypt's Minya Governorate. These findings date back to the Saite Dynasty (664 BC-525 BC).

Let's take a look at the fascinating discoveries:

Two tombs, gold tongues

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a statement on Sunday that the university mission found the remains of two unknown persons with gold tongues in one of the tombs.


Unknown remains

Among the items found within the tomb was a coffin made of limestone covered with a woman's image, he said, and next to it were the remains of an unknown person.

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One was already opened

According to Waziri, preliminary studies on the tomb indicated that it had previously been opened in ancient times.

Meanwhile, the second tomb was completely closed and was opened for the first time during the excavation.


Well-preserved skull

As per Hassan Amer, director of excavations at the mission, at the second tomb, the mission unearthed a limestone coffin with a human head in good condition of preservation. It also unearthed two coffins containing canopic pots.


Ushabti figurines

"One of the pots contained 402 Ushabti figurines made of faience, a set of small amulets and green beads," he added.


Egypt and discoveries of the past

Several large-scale archaeological discoveries have been made in different parts of Egypt in recent years, including pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins, and mummies.


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