In Egypt by the archaeological mission of the University of Tubingen (Germany) have unearthed a secret chamber with the sarcophagi of the priests belonging to the reign of the XXVI dynasty of the pharaohs, which was the mask of silver surprisingly high purity.
As reported by Ahram Online, a previously unknown chamber was found during excavation in the necropolis that was discovered at Saqqara in 2018. It is at the bottom of the complex, whose depth is 30 meters. Until now it was thought that it consisted of five burial chambers.
the Sixth camera was hidden behind a stone wall, the age of about 2600 years. According to Mustafa Vaziri, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Affairs of antiquities of Egypt, there were four poorly preserved wooden sarcophagus.
One of the coffins belonged to a woman by the name of Pedibastet. Her burial is unique. In Ancient Egypt was taken in the mummification process removing the internal organs of the human body and put them in four vessels, which were sealed and stored in the tomb.
it was Believed that they were guarded by deities known as the four sons of Horus. However, in this case, a woman was buried with six vessels, which contradicts the ancient Egyptian tradition. Archaeologists have studied the contents of the two “extra” vessels using computer tomography.
Preliminary analysis showed that they are human organs. From this the archaeologists concluded that Pedibastet received a special form of mummification. What were the two “additional” authority is now studying the radiologist that is part of the mission.
the Study of inscriptions on walls and sarcophagi showed that the chamber was buried, the priests and priestesses of a mysterious goddess serpent Nut Shoes. About her little is known, but scholars believe that her cult flourished during the XXVI dynasty, which dates back to the necropolis.
For the names of the priestess and priest of the cult of Newt Sees who were buried together. They were called Ouput and Thankit. Perhaps they were immigrants. These names were typical for the Libyan community, which settled in Egypt under the XXII dynasty (about 943-716 BC).
On the face of the priestess was a gilded silver mask. The mission tested it using x-ray fluorescence. The analysis showed that the mask was made of silver purity 99,07 percent, which is higher than the silver today’s standard tests.
in addition, this gilded silver mask, the first, discovered in Egypt in 1939, and the third such relic ever found.