However, the large deposit of animals found in catacombs--Emery found tens of thousands of ibis birds, sacred to the god Thoth, interred at Saqqara
(see Martin 1981)--are presumably votive offerings (see Ikram 2005: 1) made by pilgrims in gratitude for a favour granted by the god or in the hope of future good fortune.
Having spent the last 20 years happily engaged in the world of finance, it's been wonderful to revisit my roots and discover that Saqqara
is just as real as I remember it.
The real problem is not felt by the tourists glimpsing this environmental disaster while on their way to Saqqara
, but by the residents who have to cope with the infernal stench, the offensive view and the result of such environmental pollution on a daily basis.
150 years of excavations in Saqqara
have yielded a plethora of pyramids and tombs from the Old Kingdom and monuments from as recently as the Roman era.
Zahi Hawass, the country's antiquities chief, said that a largely unexplored burial site lies at Saqqara
, much of it buried deep below the sand.
There's a four-night Nile cruise on board the 5-star Beau Soleil on a full board basis, full day tour to the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara
, full day tour of Cairo, including the Egyptian Museum, Tour of Luxor including the Valley of the Kings.
In 1842, German archaeologist Karl Richard Lepsius mentioned it among his finds at Saqqara
, giving it number 29 and calling it the 'Headless Pyramid' because its top was missing.
, about 12 miles south of Cairo, is one of Egypt's most popular tourist sites
But they've never been inside the Step Pyramid in the necropolis of Saqqara
, not far outside Cairo.
A SUPERBLY maintained 2,300-year-old mummy bearing a golden mask and covered in brightly coloured images of gods and goddesses has been unveiled at Egypt's Saqqara
Pyramids complex south of Cairo.
Hawass said a "lost" pyramid had also been located in the Saqqara
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