There are lion burials from the predynastic period at Hierakonpolis, which are the ones mentioned in this article. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to find more, given that we believe they were kept as symbols of power and fear. I’m wondering why they say it’s a mummy, though. The photo doesn’t seem to show mummification. Have to wait and see, I guess.
This means that Saqqara was a cemetery from Dynasty 1 until the last vestiges of the ancient civilisation and more. 4000 years of dead people and veneration.
Olive branch held by King Akhenaten
Fragment of a relief depicts olive branch held by King Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) offering to the god Aten, whose sun rays are depicted with hands to pick the proffered fruit.
The Egyptians of the New Kingdom ate fresh and cured olives, but did not use its oil.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Amarna Period, ca. 1353-1336 BC. From Tell el-Amarna. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Marvellous. Two different pigments in the same colour family unknown before this. Wonderful.
I know I say this all the time, but this is truly an astonishing find. These are absolutely beautiful and the condition is amazing, although one doesn’t expect anything less in Egypt’s climate. I wonder if these are a cache waiting for occupants or whether they have occupants already. We’ll find out soon enough, I guess.
Fantastic find. A coffin-making workshop, among other things (including the mummies). A number of years ago, a mummy-making stash was found, containing bandages and jars of bitumen for the process. Makes sense to do that kind of work close to the burial site, really.
Great find in a really unexpected location. Very late, but still amazing.
By Al-Masry Al-Youm
“The new archaeological season has begun, showing promise in Luxor, the capital of world tourism. There are currently five archaeological missions, including three Egyptian missions, one Spanish, and one American conducting excavations there. Several new mission and projects have been approved for the new season.”
“Luxor is known for its rich tombs and pharaonic temples, which all seem like they will see a strong tourist season.”
“Last season witnessed many discoveries and restorations of Pharaonic tombs, palaces, and statues of Pharaonic kings in several areas.”
“Remains of an ancient Egyptian temple belonging to a Ptolemaic ruler have been uncovered in northern Sohag, as per Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.”
“Unconventionally, the temple remains belonging to Ptolemy IV were found during drillings to implement a sewage drainage project in the village of Kom Shakau.”
“As such, the drilling project has been halted and an archeological mission has been assigned to rescue the remainder of the ruins.”
“Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, stated that the discovery includes limestone walls and floors as well as segments of the temple’s walls bearing the name inscriptions of Ptolemy IV.”
This is very good news. The coffin was looted relatively recently during Arab Spring, so it had a shorter timeline. Perhaps eventually, this will act as a precursor for the return of looted items with a longer timeline.