Six tombs of the 26th Dynasty unearthed in Egypt

Six tombs of the 26th Dynasty unearthed in Egypt


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A team of Egyptian archaeologists has unearthed the graves of members of the elite of the 26th Dynasty. The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities has reported that the tombs were looted in 2011, but some of the most impressive objects can still be found. Archaeologists have unearthed sarcophagi with intact mummies, falcon-headed statues of the god Horus and his four sons, and amulets of different colors, feel and sizes.

The XXVI Dynasty (664-525 BC) which is also known as Saite dynasty because the capital was moved to Sais (Late Period), it was the last dynasty that ruled Egypt before the Persian conquest.

Researchers do not yet know whose bodies they have unearthed, but they believe they were important figures of Egyptian society. The place where the tombs have been found is a necropolis near the river Nile, east of Aswan, near the Aghakhan mausoleum.

Previously only tombs from the beginning and middle of the dynasty had been excavated in the area, so these are the first tombs recovered in the region belonging to this Dynasty.

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The XXVI Dynasty is described as a kind of «Renaissance»Which came after the Assyrian conquerors left Egypt and the Egyptian rulers of that time declared themselves kings. The first of the Saite kings was Psammetico I, who unified Egypt, ushered in an age of prosperity, and was smart enough to show the Assyrians that he still served their interests. Historians claim that the prosperity of this time is evidenced in the many temples they built and in the quality of culture and literature that this period presents. Furthermore, archaeologists have found that the number of contracts that were written on papyrus around this time increased.

The saite kings they used Greek mercenaries against their enemies. They conquered Kush (Sudan) and some parts of Palestine and Judea and built a powerful fleet. Saite King Amasis conquered Cyprus and entered into a naval alliance with Polycrates, tyrant of Samos. In 525 the Persians conquered Egypt being one of the factors that helped the fall of the Empire that it did not have iron and its best weapons were made of bronze.


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