The Egyptian Archaeological Mission, affiliated with the High Council of Antiquities and operating at Tell el-Deir Dikvichi in New Damietta, has managed to unearth 20 late period tombs.
The Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, announced the importance of this discovery as it is an important scientific and archaeological addition to the rewriting of the history of the province of Damietta.
He added that the discovered tombs ranged from mud-brick tombs to simple pits.
For his part, Ayman Ashmawi, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the High Council of Antiquities, said the mudbrick tombs could be dated to the Sawi era, specifically the 26th Dynasty, as their architectural planning was widespread and well-known late-era models. , as well as the technical features and pottery vessels found in them.
Professor Qutb Fawzi, head of the Central Department of Antiquities of Lower Egypt and Sinai and head of the archaeological mission, said the mission was also able to unearth gold shards that covered the remains of human graves representing the deities of Isis, Hekat and Bastet. , as well as the incarnation of the protective eye of Horus (Ujat), as well as Horus in the form of a falcon spreading its wings, as well as many funerary amulets of various shapes, sizes and stones, for example, scarabs, a grandfather column, a headrest, two feathers of Amun and many deities, including Isis, Nephthys, Gehuti and Tavert.
He added that miniature models of canopic vessels were also found to preserve the entrails of the dead during the mummification process and statues of the four sons of Horus.
In this regard, Mr. Reda Salih, Director of the Damietta Antiquities Region, indicated that the mission is continuing its excavations at the site to uncover the secrets of the Tell el Deir cemetery, highlighting that many layers of sand are still stored at the site. adding that the mission had succeeded in previous seasons in uncovering many of the customs and burial practices of successive civilizations on Egyptian soil in Greco-Roman times, witnessed by Tel Al Deir.