Two of the largest Ancient Egyptian embalming workshops have been discovered in Sakkara necropolis. The Sakkara necropolis is an ancient burial ground in Egypt that dates back to the Old Kingdom period. It’s a treasure trove of historical artifacts and structures, and the recent discovery is a major breakthrough in our understanding of ancient Egyptian culture and rituals.
Many flock to the Bubasteum Cemetery this week to witness newly found artifacts, “these are the two biggest mummification workshops for humans and animals ever found at the Saqqara Necropolis, and they include the beds on which the bodies of the deceased were washed and mummified,” highlighted Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Waziri mentions that they unearthed two of the most visually stunning tombs ever found in the necropolis. The first belongs to a Fifth-Dynasty high priest Ne Hesut Ba and is a “mastaba” structure with a decorated facade. The names of the deceased and his partner are inscribed on the stone, along with hieroglyphic texts describing their various titles.
Drawings on the tomb portray scenes of daily life in ancient Egypt, cultivation, hunting and offerings. The second tomb belongs to the 18th Dynasty priest Men Kheber Re. The four showcases displayed a collection of cosmetic and mummification tools, wooden statues of nobles, wooden painted funerary objects and statues of the Necropolis deity Soker.
The discovery is a major breakthrough for the archeological community, and it’s already generating major excitement among history buffs and Egyptologists.
It’s a reminder of how rich and complex ancient Egyptian culture was, and how much we still have to learn about this fascinating civilization. We’re excited to see what other discoveries come out of the Sakkara necropolis in the future.
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