Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
CAIRO – Near Saqqara, Dutch archaeologists have found a tomb from the days of Pharaoh Akhenaten, 3300 years ago.
Egyptian authorities said this on Wednesday.
The discovery shows that Saqqara, close to the present capital Cairo, was used then as a cemetery for prominent people as well.
Zahi Hawass, chair of the archaeological council, calls this ,,one of the most important discoveries in that region”.
Akhenaten, who ruled about 1351 to 1334 BCE, is considered to be the pharaoh who introduced monotheism (belief in one god).
That one god was Aten, the solar disk, who before that time had not been so prominent.
For thousands of years, the Egyptians had worshipped many gods.
In the tomb, there are realistic style paintings from an epoch when some classical rules in art were broken.
The paintings depict life after death, but also daily life scenes, including monkeys eating dates.
A research team, led by Leiden archaeologists, has been working for years now at excavation and re-excavation of tombs in the desert near Saqqara.
This is an area south of the paved road of Unas and west of the Apa Jeremias monastery.
The tombs are from the New Kingdom (1350-1250 BCE).
In 2001, Leiden researchers found the grave of high priest Meryneith, a contemporary of pharaohs Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, there.
The depiction of life after death named in the news item would be a contrast to the view that in Akhenaten’s theology there is said to be no life after death.
See also here on this discovery.
More on Saqqara discoveries: here.
Ancient Egyptian rope: here.
King Tutankhamun might have worn some sort of orthopedic shoes specially designed to cope with his club foot condition, an investigation into the pharaoh’s footwear has suggested: here.
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