Breakthrough in Egypt after Discovery of ‘Mega Tomb’ Revealed Ancient ‘Industry of Death’ | Sciences | New
Egypt has, over the years, offered some of the most prized and promising archaeological treasures. Excavations in the North African country began in the mid-1880s, when William Matthew Flinders Petrie, the English Egyptologist often referred to as the “father of Egyptian archeology”, began his work. Archaeologists and researchers have since flocked to the country, digging and analyzing every square inch of areas believed to hold secrets from the past.
It can be hard to believe that over 100 years of excavation and looting there was still something to be discovered in Egypt.
Yet countless ancient artefacts continue to be discovered each year.
A massive transport of a previously unknown tomb was explored during the Smithsonian TV documentary, “Tomb Hunters”.
Here, they accompanied archaeologists to Saqqara, where a stash of statues and other relics appeared in 2020.
Numerous “precious treasures” have been discovered, proving that the people buried in the tomb were “a well above average person” at the time – many artefacts are said to be as old as 2,500 years old.
One statue, a talisman believed to protect the spirits of the dead, had a perfectly preserved golden face.
The statues were said to have been buried alongside the dead as keepsakes and symbols of good luck on their journey to the afterlife.
The narrator noted: “These expensive treasures reveal how the way the wealthy Egyptians buried their dead began to change at the end of the period – it became more commercialized.”
The ancient Egyptians were extremely anxious to move on to the next life, studiously reading the Book of the Dead for advice and guidance, and doing all they could for their recently deceased loved ones.
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The team involved in the excavation of the burial chamber went deeper into the tomb in hopes of finding more.
They quickly found coffins stacked on top of coffins, tucked away in all available underground spaces.
The narrator said: “What started with a coffin has turned into a mega-grave with over 100 coffins.”
Katharina Stövesand, Egyptologist, said: “Burying all these people required a massive operation.
“These coffins show how Saqqara housed a huge industry of death where the dead were the customers.”
“Saqqara had a huge funeral industry and was really a lucrative business.
“We know they had staff to sell space in one or more graves.
“We know they were selling mummification, we know there were priests involved during the rituals – it all costs a lot of money.”
The mega tomb was quickly established as the largest concentration of coffins ever unearthed in Egypt, three times the size of anything found before.