Archaeologists Unearthed the Tomb of a Great Ancient Egyptian Army General

As per a statement released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a great Ancient Egyptian army general at the archaeological site of Saqqara in the country’s north.

The tomb, which is about 3,300 years old, has not been fully excavated yet, and no human remains have been discovered. But, a team led by Ola El-Aguizy, a professor of Egyptology at Cairo University, discovered sufficient evidence to confirm the high status of its owner, a general called “Iwrhya.”

As per inscriptions discovered at the tomb site, Iwrhya, who may have been foreign-born, started his military career during the reign of King Seti I (1294 B.C. to 1279 B.C.), eventually working his way up to achieve one of the highest positions in the Egyptian court under the rule of Ramesses II (1279 B.C. to 1213 B.C.).

The tomb has many different rooms and holds some “exceptional” artistic features that can be dated to the reigns of both Seti and Ramesses, suggesting that it was built over different phases, according to the researchers.

Saqqara is a great ancient burial ground that once functioned as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. The tomb itself is situated to the south of a pyramid constructed by the pharaoh Unas, who reigned over Egypt over 4,300 years ago.

The artwork discovered on the walls portrays interesting and unusual scenes of everyday activities, most of which are related to Iwrhya’s military career and his relations with neighbouring countries.

For instance, one scene shows the mooring of boats carrying wine jars while a block that likely detached from the northern wall depicts an infantry unit and charioteers crossing a waterway filled with crocodiles. The researchers believe this scene could represent the eastern borders of Egypt, due to the presence of fortified walls.



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