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Ramses II-era sarcophagus unveiled at Saqqara

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The site of Saqqara, located just over 15 kilometers south of the famous pyramids of the Giza plateau, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.UNESCO and is known for the famous step pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser.

The discovery of the sarcophagus of Ptah-em-uya, a senior official under Ramses II who ruled Egypt in the 13th century BC, was carried out by a team of Egyptian archaeologists from Cairo University, according to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Royal Secretary

Descended from the nobility, Ptah-em-uya was royal secretary, chief overseer of cattle and head of the treasury of the Ramasseum, memorial built to the glory of Ramses II in Thebes, the current Luxor. He was also responsible for offerings to all the gods of Upper and Lower Egyptsaid Mostafa Waziri, director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The tomb of Ptah-em-uya was discovered last year, but recent excavations have uncovered the granite sarcophagus, covered with inscriptions for protect the deceased as well as scenes depicting his sons and the god Horusaccording to the Ministry of Antiquities.

The Saqqara site has revealed many treasures archeology in recent years. Egypt announced in May the discovery of a cache containing 250 sarcophagi and 150 bronze statues.

Some critics say frantic excavations in Egypt have prioritized media spectacle over solid academic research, but Cairo is counting on these new discoveries to boost tourism, pending the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), postponed several times.

Described as being the largest archaeological museum in the worldthe GEM should be inaugurated this year.

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