has allocated approximately 150 acres to onion cultivation.
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.
Dr Nicholson said: "The idea was that you, as a visitor to Saqqara
, might dedicate a mummy as a thank-you for something good that happened to you, or that you are hoping something will happen.
Dr Nicholson has also been involved in excavations of other ancient Saqqara
A visit to Saqqara
and Abusir could also include a look at the 4,600-year-old bent pyramid of Dahshur, thought to be the first true flat-sided pyramid.
The tomb has two false doors with colorful paintings depicting the two people buried there, a father and a son who served as heads of the royal scribes, said Abdel-Hakim Karar, a top archaeologist at Saqqara
These frequent discoveries prove that Saqqara
is a virgin site of archeological history.
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.
, Egypt: Egypt unveiled yesterday a newly uncovered 4,000-year-old 'missing pyramid' and a ceremonial procession road where high priests, their faces obscured by masks, once carried mummified sacred bulls worshipped in the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.
Excavation continues at Saqqara
, he said, and his team expects to find more tombs in the area.
The tomb was found in the necropolis at Saqqara
, south of Cairo, in 1964, one of the largest and most beautiful of its kind.
The last pyramid was built by the 13th dynasty King Khendjer at South Saqqara
in 1745 BC.