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Archaeologists in Egypt discover the ancient mummification workshop

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    A photographer films a gold-plated silver mummy mask found on the face of the mummy of the second priest of Mut, as it is shown during a press conference in front of the step pyramid of Saqqara, in Giza, Saturday, July 14, 2018.

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    Recently discovered skulls and bones are seen on a mummification workshop dating back more than 2500 years at an ancient necropolis in the vicinity of Egypt’s famous pyramids in Saqqara cemetery, Giza, Saturday, July 14, 2018.

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Archaeologists in Egypt made a surprising discovery that dates back more than 2500 years in the area of the country of the famous pyramids south of Cairo.

Their findings, which are equipped with a mummification workshop, and a shaft, which is used as a common cemetery, located at the vast necropolis of Saqqara, part of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Memphis was the first capital of ancient Egypt and the great necropolis houses a wide range of temples and tombs and the three pyramids of Giza.

The latest find, announced at a press conference Saturday, belongs to the Site-Persian Period, of 664-404 B. C. The site is located south of the pyramid of Unas, the last time it was excavated more than 100 years ago, in 1900.

Among the artifacts found were a gilded silver mummy mask, fragments of mummy cartonnages, canopic cylindrical pots and marls, clay and pottery cups. Many will be displayed in the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, the first phase of which is expected later this year.

Down the 30-meter-deep shaft to a variety of mummies, wooden coffins and sarcophagi. The axis consists of burial chambers, carved into the bedrock along the sides of the two corridors.

In mummification workshop, an embalmer, the cachette was found that archaeologists believe will reveal more about the oils used in the mummification process, in the 26th Dynasty.

“We are in front of a gold mine of information about the chemical composition of these oils,” Archaeologist Ramadan Hussein said at the press conference, reports the Associated Press.

“It is only the beginning”, said Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani.

Egypt is gone to the great length to revive its vital tourism industry, still reeling from the political unrest that followed a 2011 uprising. It hopes such discoveries, together with the opening of the museum on the Giza plateau, will help to get more tourists to visit.

The Associate Press contributed to this report.

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