In ancient Egypt, a cache of mummification supplies was discovered. During excavations, they found canopies and pottery vessels.
At the cemetery in Abusir in Egypt, archaeologists have found a cache of 2,500-year-old tools. They were used to embalm ancient Egyptian mummies. The discovery was made by an international team of Egyptian and Czech Egyptologists near the location of several ancient tombs. Abusir, well known for its necropolis, is located just 25 km south of Cairo.
About 370 large ceramic storage vessels were also found in the cache. Scientists are now gathering a panel of outside experts to determine what liquids or materials were contained in these jars and how the ancient Egyptians might have used them in the mummification process.
The researchers also found a set of empty canopic vessels, which usually contained the organs of the dead. The jugs are labeled as belonging to a man named Wahibre-meri-Neith, the son of Lady Irtur. It is not clear who this man was and why his canopies are empty and kept in this cache next to the embalming instruments.
Previously, several tombs of important people were found near the cache. According to scientists, embalming caches were usually located near such objects. Archaeologists also believe that another unknown tomb is located nearby, and plan to excavate it in April or May this year.
The cemetery where the cache was found dates back to the 6th century BC. – the time when Egypt struggled to maintain its independence from the Persian Empire, which took control of the country in 525 BC.