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Sarcophagus dedicated to Sky god excavated in Egypt

Date: 31 January 2020 Tags: Historical Places

Issue

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry has unveiled the tombs of ancient high priests and a sarcophagus dedicated to the sky god Horus at an archaeological site in Minya governorate.

 

Background

Egypt has in recent years sought to promote archaeological discoveries across the country in a bid to revive tourism, which took a hit from the turmoil that followed its 2011 uprising.

 

Details

  • The mission found 16 tombs containing 20 sarcophagi, some engraved with hieroglyphics, at the Al-Ghoreifa  site, about 300 km south of Cairo.

  • The shared tombs were dedicated to high priests of the god Djehuty and senior officials, from the Late Period around 3,000 years ago.

  • They were from the 15th nome, an ancient Egyptian territorial division ruled over by a Provincial Governor.

  • One of the stone sarcophagi was dedicated to the god Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris, and features a depiction of the goddess Nut spreading her wings.

  • The ministry also unveiled 10,000 blue and green ushabti (funerary figurines), 700 amulets bearing scarab shapes, and one bearing the figure of a winged cobra.

  • Painted limestone canopic jars, which the ancient Egyptians used to store the entrails of their mummified dead, were also unearthed.

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