Great Pyramid of Giza: A 2,500 year old burial ground has been discovered in Cairo
The Great Pyramid of Giza, found in Cairo, Egypt, is home to a number of mysteries regarding its origin and its design.
A recent discovery by a team of archaeologists from Egypt and Germany has revealed an ancient burial ground.
It is thought to date back 2,500 years, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani explained in a press conference.
“A joint Egyptian-German mission of archaeologists have discovered a 30-meter-deep shaft dating back to the 26th dynasty,” he said, reported Reuters.
“This is the beginning of a new discovery… we still need a lot of work in the site.”
The discovery was made near Saqqara, an ancient burial ground, found in the south of Cairo
The discovery was made near Saqqara, an ancient burial ground, found in the south of Cairo.
It is located in Memphis which was the first capital of ancient Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also home to the three pyramids of Giza.
Archaeologists found a mummification workshop which can be used to learn more about the origin of the oils used to mummify the dead.
It could go as far back as 664 BC, with other discoveries including statues, jars and vessels.
A shocking discovery was of a silver mask gilded with gold, only the second time a rare silver piece has been found.
Great Pyramid of Giza: Rare mummification artefacts have been found in Saqqara.
Khaled al-Anany confirmed: “This object is very rare, to have a silver mask gilded with gold, and as Ramadan mentioned now, we have only two of this kind, so it is a very nice discovery.”
The discoveries will later be placed at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is still being built.
More is expected to be found as the area is excavated further.
The new discoveries are hoped to entice more tourists to the region as the country has struggled.
A 2,000-year-old tomb was recently opened in Egypt which is rumoured to be Alexander the Great.
Great Pyramid of Giza: The discovery could lead to more information about the mummification process
Located in the city of Alexandria in the Sidi Gaber district, it is the largest sarcophagus to be discovered there.
It dates back to 305BC with the corpse still in the same position.
Yet the mystery remains as further excavations are taking place.
Egypt recently announced new electronic visas for tourists earlier this year.
Travellers can now buy their visa just one week before travelling online, costing £18.