The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities reported the discovery of the tomb of a foreign warrior commander during the first real eras of globalization in the ancient world.
Mustafa Vaziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the main well of the Wah-Ip-Ra Meri Nit tomb is six meters deep and measures approximately 14m x 14m. district.
He explained that another smaller but deeper well had been dug in the middle of the main well, which was used as the main well for the burial of the owner of the tomb.
Waziri added that the design of this well-pit tomb does not have an identical counterpart in ancient Egypt, but despite this, its architectural design is partially similar to the rock-cut tomb of Waji Khor Rasant, which is located next to the recently discovered tomb, and also as the so-called Campbell’s tomb at Giza.
The ministry said preliminary research done at the well’s cemetery indicated that it was stolen in late antiquity, probably around the fourth and fifth centuries AD, as a result of the discovery of two pottery vessels left in the main well.
Ancient thieves also made a hole in the western part of the outer sarcophagus “Wah-ip-re Merrinet” and broke into many fragments the upper (western) part of the basalt lid of the coffin depicting the face of the deceased, which were found around the coffin by the expedition.
This tomb is unique and important as it provides new insights into the turbulent beginning of the era of Persian rule over Ancient Egypt, as well as the results of ongoing research into the tomb owner’s embalming deposit, which was found by the mission in the previous season.
The ministry indicated that we can get an idea of the life, family background and career of Wahe-ip-re Meri Nate, who most likely died unexpectedly at a time when his tomb and accompanying grave goods in the afterlife were still largely unfinished. . .
The tomb was found during excavations in the archaeological area of Abu Sir, south of Giza, next to a mummification cache belonging to a high-ranking figure from ancient Egypt named Wah-ip-re Merrinet, who was the “commander of foreign warriors” in the early eras. globalization. A real one in the ancient world, which can be dated to the period of the end of the 26th-beginning of the 27th dynasties.
Source: Egypt Times