TE24 Sci & Tech Desk:
Last Monday (30), Egypt unveiled a necropolis with several sarcophagi and bronze statuettes at an archaeological site in Cairo.
Saqqara, an archaeological site south of Cairo, is a vast necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to more than a dozen pyramids, animal cemeteries and ancient Coptic Christian monasteries.
According to Science Alert, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, told reporters that among the 150 bronze figurines unearthed in the latest discoveries is that of Imhotep, who “revolutionized architecture” in the ancient world.
Imhotep, who lived in the 3rd millennium BC, built the Step Pyramid of Djoser, one of the first in Ancient Egypt. He would later become God of Medicine.
The archaeological mission, which has already carried out four seasons of excavations in the area, revealed 250 wooden sarcophagi with mummies inside, dating back to the late 5th century BC, and aimed to “find the tomb of Imhotep”, revealed Waziri.
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