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5 stunningly preserved ancient Egyptian tombs

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One of my favorite things from the Pasts is Egypt and the ancient tombs. so fascinating.

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered five well-preserved and colorfully decorated tombs, dating to around 4,200 years ago, that were dug beside a pyramid at Saqqara, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced in a statement. 

The tombs have hieroglyphic inscriptions that provide information on the people who were interred there, as well as wall paintings that depict a variety of images, including people, jars, food, colorful geometric patterns and what looks like a winged insect. 

The tombs date to the sixth dynasty (circa 2323 to 2150 B.C.) or to the period following it, known as the First Intermediate Period (2150-2030 B.C.). During the sixth dynasty, ancient Egypt was still united but suffering from drought, which threatened the country's stability. Egypt then fell into crisis during the First Intermediate Period, when the central government collapsed and the country split apart and was governed by a number of local rulers.

The discovery of these tombs adds to the rich history of Saqqara, a necropolis that was used throughout ancient Egypt’s history and contains numerous pyramids including the Step Pyramid of Djoser. All five tombs were found to the northwest of the pyramid of pharaoh Merenre I (reigned circa 2255 to 2246 B.C.) who ruled during the sixth dynasty. The pyramid is in poor condition, and work on it may have been stopped before it was completed. Given the location and date of the tombs it's possible that some of the people buried in these tombs worked for Merenre I. 

Hieroglyphic inscriptions at the site say that one of the tombs belongs to a person named "Iry," who seems to have been a senior official. Iry was buried in a large limestone sarcophagus that is now in pieces, according to the statement. Archaeologists are in the process of gathering the sarcophagus and any human remains.

One of the other tombs appears to belong to the wife of a man named "Yaret," while another tomb belongs to a man whose name might be translated as "Pepi Nefhany" who may have been a high-ranking priest. An inscription in the tomb says that Pepi Nefhany was supervisor of the "great house," which may be a reference to a palace where the pharaoh resided. 

Another tomb was for a woman whose name might be translated as "Betty" or "Petty" — a priestess who served Hathor, a goddess associated with love and fertility. The fifth tomb was for a person called "Hannu," who served as a supervisor of the royal palace, the statement said. 

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Posted : November 15, 2022 12:42 pm
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That is so awesome! I am a definite history buff so this stuff definitely catches my attention. I also believe that aliens are connected to Egypt and everything surrounding that era when they pyramids were built, etc 😃.

 
Posted : November 20, 2022 9:05 am
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Posted by: @lela94

That is so awesome! I am a definite history buff so this stuff definitely catches my attention. I also believe that aliens are connected to Egypt and everything surrounding that era when they pyramids were built, etc 😃.

I so agree with you on that 🙂 

 

There's a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out

 
Posted : November 20, 2022 3:05 pm
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