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4,300 year old Unas pyramid opens to public after two decade long renovation

The pyramid of the fifth Dynasty Pharaoh Unas was opened to public Friday after two decades of renovation, the antiquities Ministry announced in a statement.

4,300 year old Unas pyramid opens to public after two decade long renovation
The Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara [Credit: Olaf Tausch/WikiCommons]
The opening ceremony of the 4,300 year old pyramid complex, which is located a few meters to the south of the Step Pyramid in Saqqara, was attended by Antiquities Minister Khaled al Anany and delegations of foreign archaeological institutes in Egypt.

“Despite its small size, it is considered one of the most important Egyptian pyramids because it is the first burial to contain carvings known by modern historians as ‘the Pyramids Texts,’” said Anany.

“The Pyramids Texts feature a collection of ancient Egyptian religious texts carved on the walls of royal burials for the purpose of protecting the pharaoh’s remains, reanimating his body after death, and helping him ascend to the heavens, which are the emphasis of the afterlife in the ancient Egyptian mythology,” archaeologist Sherif el Sabban told The Cairo Post Friday.

4,300 year old Unas pyramid opens to public after two decade long renovation
Pyramids Texts carved at the walls of the 4,300 year old Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara 
[Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
In doing so, Unas initiated a tradition that was followed in the royal pyramids to the 8th Dynasty and until the end of the Old Kingdom circa 200 years later, al Sabban added.

French Egyptologist Gaston Maspero was the first to have an access into the pyramid in 1881 but the pyramid was closed in 1996 as humidity has negatively affected its burial chamber, according to the antiquities ministry statement.

The minister also inaugurated three tombs after their renovation work has been completed.

The Mastaba of Ankhmahor; a vizier under the reign of the six Dynasty Pharaoh Teti (2345 BC - 2333 BC), in addition to the tomb of Nefer-Seshem-Ptah were among the tombs opened to public.

Author: Rany Mostafa | Source: The Cairo Post [May 28, 2016]

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  1. The pyramid texts of Unas pyramid is the only carved document of the Egyptian (book of the dead). The papyrus original is conserved in the British museum. The main point I like to say this document is the origin from which Moses (the prophet of Jews) took his 10 commandments.


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