Two tombs of priests of the 6th Dynasty found in Saqqara

Two tombs of priests of the 6th Dynasty found in Saqqara

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A few days ago a team of French archaeologists discovered two tombs in the southern area of ​​Saqqara (Egypt), which belong to Ankhti and Sabi, two priests from the reign of Pepi II.

These two tombs date back more than 4,200 years old and have completely intact wall paintings, which is quite a surprise. As announced by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, they have been found in the archaeological excavation of Tabbet El Geish, south of Saqqara.

The priests lived during the reign of Pepi II, at the end of the 6th dynasty. Ankhti's chamber is about forty feet deep and Sabi's is twenty feet deep. Each of them has two levels, an upper one, built with adobe bricks, and the lower one, made of limestone itself.

The striking note with which the mortal remains of the priests have is that all of them were scattered, each in their tombs, but without any of their sarcophagi, which shows that they were looted many centuries ago, where it is speculated that it was possibly during the seventh or the eighth dynasty.

Among the things that have been found stand out, as we said, traditional wall paintings in the 6th dynasty, a whole treasure that offers us a series of different ritual scenes of bright colors where various offers are made to the gods most worshiped by the Egyptians.

As El Damaty, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, stated, the paintings are a great document since reveal the many religious rites of the time, evidencing the great skill with which Egyptian artisans of centuries ago had.

Likewise, the seven sacred oils that were in Ancient Egypt are represented, which were completely necessary for the performance of the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth and Eyes. Different objects were also found such as headrests, vegetables, incense balls or the necklaces that the priests supposedly wore, ceramic and alabaster vessels as well as other funerary objects that will also be studied in depth.

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