Ancient workshops and tombs were recently uncovered at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, according to Egyptian antiquities authorities. The site, which forms part of the historic capital Memphis and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, revealed workshops used for the mummification of humans and sacred animals. These workshops date back to the 30th Pharaonic Dynasty (380 BC to 343 BC) and the Ptolemaic period (305 BC to 30 BC).
Archaeologists discovered various items associated with mummification, such as clay pots and ritual vessels, within the workshops. Additionally, the tombs discovered belonged to a high-ranking official from the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt and a priest from the New Kingdom. Sabri Farag, the head of the Saqqara archaeological site, provided this information.
In recent times, the Egyptian government has made significant efforts to publicize its latest archaeological discoveries to the global media and diplomats. By doing so, it aims to attract a larger number of tourists to the country and revitalize an industry that experienced setbacks due to political unrest following the 2011 uprising.