Massive Burial Site of Ancient Priests Found in Egypt
Thu, April 22, 2021

Massive Burial Site of Ancient Priests Found in Egypt

 

Egypt’s antiquities ministry recently announced that they found mummies of ancient Egyptian priests in the northern part of a site known as Tuna el-Gebel. The archaeologists concluded that these high priests were buried during the “Late Period,” a time when ancient Egypt was struggling to achieve independence from foreigners. These included the Nubians, Assyrians, and Persians. In 332 BC, the armies of Alexander the Great entered the country, thus ending the Late Period.

 

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Before the Romans took over Egypt in 30 BC, the descendants of Ptolemy I ruled the kingdom for almost three centuries beginning in 323 BC. While foreign powers often controlled the country, most of them respected the country’s ancient religious traditions. Thus, it’s no surprise that the Egyptian priest mummies have remained incredibly intact after thousands of years. They are all still bandaged and do not seem to have been disturbed since they were buried. 

 

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According to Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, culture, and history, aside from the Egyptians priests, their assistants were also buried in the site. Mostafa Waziri, the general secretary of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that the archaeologists were able to uncover 20 stone sarcophagi (coffins) made of a "very good quality of limestone" in the burial ground, which lies about 170 miles (270 kilometers) south of Cairo. However, they are still not sure how many mummies are buried at the site since many of the stone sarcophagi have yet to be opened. 

 

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"Excavations are still running. We expect to find more and more and more [discoveries] in this area," Waziri said. 

The archaeologists also found about 700 amulets, some made of gold or other precious stones. More than 10,000 shabti figurines made of faience (a glazed ceramic) were also discovered. Waziri stated that the ancient Egyptians believed that shabti figurines served the deceased in the afterlife. 

 

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