Newly discovered ancient Egyptian artifacts are on display – ARTnews.com

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Ancient artifacts dating back around 2,500 years were on display earlier this week in a makeshift display outside the Step Pyramid of Djoser near Cairo, Egypt.

The treasure, according to the country’s antiquities authorities, was recently discovered at the site.

The artifacts, all dating to around 500 BCE, include 250 painted sarcophagi with well-preserved mummies inside, as well as 150 bronze vessels and statues of ancient deities used in rituals to honor Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility. A headless bronze statue of Imhotep, the chancellor of Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled ancient Egypt from 2630 BC to 2611 BCE, was also on display.

The Step Pyramid resides in Saqqara, a sprawling necropolis in the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, which includes notable sites such as the Pyramids of Giza. In the past year alone, there have been many major discoveries at Saqqara as archaeologists continue to excavate the site. In the 1970s, the ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The artifacts are set to be part of a permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, a mega-project currently under construction near the Giza pyramids outside Cairo.

Below is an overview of some of the artifacts on display in the makeshift exhibit.


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