Egyptian-English Archeological Mission Unearths 3500-Year-old Jewelry Pieces In Egyptian Necropolis

According to Heritage Daily, a 3,500-year-old ornate gold jewelry piece was recently found at the Tell El-Amarna Necropolis in Egypt, located along the eastern bank of the Nile River. Built-in 1346 BCE to serve as the capital city of Pharaoh Akhenaten, the 10th monarch of the late Eighteenth Dynasty, the necropolis, located in present-day Minya, was a burial site for the city of Amarna, or Akhetaten.

The discovery was made by an Egyptian English Archeological mission affiliated with the University of Cambridge. The team was working on excavations at the Amarna North Desert Cemetery when they unearthed the burial site of a young adult female as per The Jerusalem Post.

This adult had been buried wearing three rings of jewelry made of gold and soapstone as well as three necklaces with petal-shaped pendants that had been wrapped in textile and plant-fiber matting. One of the three rings is inscribed with the ancient Egyptian deity Bes, worshipped as a guardian of mothers, children, and childbirth.

The other two rings are inscribed with a phrase in hieroglyphics that translates into, “lady of the two lands,” presumably referring to Egypt’s lower and upper kingdoms.

Dr. Anna Stevens, from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, expressed to Heritage Daily

Her burial is located at the Amarna North Desert Cemetery in the low desert west of the North Tombs. It includes a small number of burial shafts and tombs, as well as pit graves.

Dr. Anna Stevens via Heritage Daily

As soon as the pharaoh passed away, his son King Tutankhamun chose to leave Akhetaten behind in favor of Thebes, where he was born because it was abandoned and remained so until the Roman occupation of the region, the city, and its internal layout was largely preserved. Grand temples, palaces, and tombs can all be seen among the city’s remains today.

Due to these historical sites, the city of Akhetaten holds special significance as one of the world’s foremost archaeological sites for learning how people lived in the pre-Classical era according to The Jerusalem Post. It essentially continues to revolutionize our understanding of how human society has evolved throughout history.

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