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Eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies found near Giza's Great Pyramids


During excavation work in the area to the northeastern side of Amenemhat II’s tomb in the Dahshour necropolis in Giza, an Egyptian archaeological mission has stumbled upon eight graves from the Late Period.

Eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies found near Giza's Great Pyramids
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities


Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explains that the graves contain limestone sarcophagi with mummies inside, three of which are in very good conservation condition.

Eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies found near Giza's Great Pyramids
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities


The mummies are covered in cartonnage adorned with paintings of the faces of the deceased. The cartonnage is painted in blue, brown and green.

Eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies found near Giza's Great Pyramids
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities


Waziri said that the mummies have been taken to store galleries for restoration and suggested that they could be put on display at the newly established museum in Sharm El-Sheikh or Hurgada.

Eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies found near Giza's Great Pyramids
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities
Dahshur is a royal ancient Egyptian necropolis that houses the Bent and Red pyramids of the fourth dynasty pharaoh Sneferu, as well as the black pyramid of pharaoh Amenemhat III, among other royal pyramids.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [November 28, 2018]

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