The discovery of the sarcophagus of Pta-em-uya — a “high-ranking official” of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in the 13th century BC. — was done by a team of archaeologists from Cairo University
A red granite sarcophagus was discovered today in the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo.
Located 15 kilometers south of the imposing Pyramids of Giza, the site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for the Pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser.
The discovery of the sarcophagus of Pta-em-uya — a “high-ranking official” of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in the 13th century BC. — was made by a team of archaeologists from Cairo University, according to the announcement by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Pta-em-uya was a royal secretary and head of the treasury at the Ramses, an imposing monument built in Ramses II’s honor at Thebes – today’s Luxor. He was also “responsible for the offerings to all the gods of Upper and Lower Egypt,” said Mustafa Waziri, director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The Egyptian archaeological mission of the Faculty of Archeology at Cairo University, excavating a granite sarcophagus of “Ptah-Im-Wea”, a high-ranking statesman from the reign of King Ramses II. This was during the excavations in the Saqqara antiquities area. pic.twitter.com/vTvKuLFc3s
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Pta-em-uya’s tomb was discovered last year, but recent excavations revealed the granite sarcophagus, which bore “inscriptions for the protection of the dead” and was decorated with depictions of his sons and the god Horus.
Many archaeological treasures have been found in the Saqqara necropolis in recent years. Last May, a crypt containing 250 sarcophagi and 150 bronze statues was discovered.
Some have criticized the frantic excavations in Egypt, arguing that media exposure of the findings has been prioritized over scientific research. However, Cairo has banked on such discoveries to boost tourism ahead of this year’s opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza, which will be the world’s largest archaeological museum.
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