(VIA INSIDE EDITION) Archaeologists in present-day Egypt recently discovered a trove of artifacts, dating back some 2,500 years ago. The find includes 250 sarcophagi – which contain mummified remains – and 150 bronze statues of ancient gods. There were also bronze containers used in rites for Isis, the goddess of fertility. The relics were found in the Saqqara necropolis, near the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Archaeological work has been going on there since 2018.
Saqqara is a vast necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to more than a dozen pyramids, animal burial sites, and ancient Coptic Christian monasteries.
Among the 150 bronze statuettes unearthed in the latest findings is one of Imhotep, who “revolutionized architecture” in the ancient world, Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters.
Imhotep, who lived in the third millennium BCE, built the Djoser step pyramid, one of the earliest in ancient Egypt. Imhotep is also credited with inventing the method of stone-dressed building and using of columns in architecture and is considered to be the first architect in history known by name. Physician: It is believed that, as the high priest, Imhotel also served as the nation’s chief physician in his time.
Waziri revealed a goal for the archaeological mission, which has so far undertaken four seasons of excavations in the area: “To find the tomb of Imhotep.”
Other unearthed statuettes depict various gods and goddesses including Bastet, Anubis, Osiris, Amunmeen, Isis, Nefertum and Hathor, according to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.