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The Discovery of a Mummification Workshop at Saqqara"
JUNE 23, 2020, at 5 PM
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The Discovery of a Mummification Workshop at Saqqara
University of Tübingen
Mummification has always been in the minds of the public an ancient Egyptian mystery, but it was indeed a ritual process, a cultural practice, and a large industry. While the body of a deceased is treated in a mummification house during a 70 day process, the embalmers performed a set of rituals in order to transform the deceased into a divine.
In March 2016, the University of Tübingen, Germany, launched a project of documentation, conservation and publication of a number of Dynasty 26 tombs (ca. 664-525 BC) at Saqqara. These tombs were discovered between 1899 and1903, and the team employed a 3D digital technique to document them. While mapping the site of the tombs, the clearance activities fortuitously unearthed an unparalleled mummification workshop complex dating back to the Saite-Persian Period (Dynasties 26 and 27, ca. 664-404 BC). This complex is comprised of a subterranean embalming room, a purification house, and a communal burial shaft. A large and diverse corpus of pottery vessels was found in the embalming room. They are inscribed with instructions and names of embalming oils and resins.
Mohamed Hamza is inviting you to a scheduled ZOOM meeting.
Time: June 23, 2020 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 834 5159 2816
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University of Tübingen, Germany
His extensive resume includes excavations at Giza, Saqqara and Bahariyya Oasis in Egypt, and impressive research and publications. In 2018, he made the sensational discoveries of a Mummification Workshop Complex (Funeral Home) at Saqqara, and the first gilded silver mummy mask in Egypt since 1939. His discovery was rated among the Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2018 by the Archaeology Magazine in the United States of America.