30 Fascinating Photos Of Treasures Found In Saqqara, An Ancient Egyptian Burial Ground
The Netflix documentary Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb followed a team of Egyptian archaeologists excavating the 4,500-year-old tomb of Wahtye, an Old Kingdom priest. The team uncovered various treasures such as animal mummies, wooden coffins, and statues, and pieced together an ancient mystery of what took place in the tomb. The excavation was significant because the team was entirely Egyptian, a far cry from the various foreign digs that raided the Egyptian landscape for museum exhibits in the past. But this well-documented example is far from the only breathtaking discovery to be made in Saqqara.
Saqqara is a relatively small patch of land in the Egyptian desert measuring roughly 7 by 1.5 km (4.35 by 0.93 mi). It was the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, serving as an ancient burial ground for generations of Egyptians. Burials, rituals, and various religious and cult ceremonies took place in Saqqara for a stretch of 3,000 years, from the Egyptian Old Dynasty all the way through Roman rule.
1. Pillars From The Tomb Of Ptahmes, 1250 BCEPhoto: AlexanderVanLoon/Rijksmuseum van Oudheden / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0
2. Built In 2630 BCE, The 4,700 Year-Old Step Pyramid Of Djoser Is Egypt's Oldest PyramidPhoto: Dennis Jarvis / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0
3. A Wooden Statue Of Kaaper, A Scribe And Priest, 2500 BCEPhoto: Brad7753 / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0
4. The Gayer-Anderson Cat Statue, From 664–332 BCEPhoto: Einsamer Schütze / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
5. Sphinxes From The Serapeum Of Saqqara, 379 BCEPhoto: Vania Teofilo / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
6. The Pectoral Plaque Of Ramesses II, 1250 BCEPhoto: Hans Ollermann / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.0