In Photos: Late Period tombs uncovered at Tel El-Deir in Damietta

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 19 Dec 2022

The Egyptian archaeological mission working at Tel El-Deir in Damietta uncovered 20 Late Period tombs that are either made of mud brick or are simple burials.



“It is a very important scientific and archaeological discovery as it will rewrite the history of Damietta,” asserted Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

He explained that the mud brick tomb may be dated to the Saities period of the 26th Dynasty.

A collection of gold fragments that once covered buried human remains were found; they depict the deities Isis, Bastet and Horus (in the form of a winged falcon).  

Funerary amulets of different shapes and sizes were also unearthed, along with a headrest. In addition, a number of canopic jars representing the four sons of Horus were found, as well as a collection of statues representing the deities Isis, Neftis and Djehuti.

The mission previously uncovered a number of graves belonging to different eras. These tombs indicated the various forms of burial rites performed by the area's inhabitants throughout history.  

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