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Ancient physician’s tomb discovered in Egypt

New find made despite continued attacks on archaeological sites by organised gangs

A Czech archaeological team excavated the tomb of Shepseskaf-ankh in Abu Sir

A new tomb has been discovered by a Czech archaeological team working at Abu Sir, an ancient necropolis just outside of Cairo. Inscriptions within state that it belonged to a head physician named Shepseskaf-ankh, who lived during Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty (around 2392BC-2282BC). Shepseskaf-ankh was also a priest of Re in the temple of the sun, a priest of the god Khnum and a priest of magic. It is the third tomb at Abu Sir found to belong to a physician.

The vault, made from limestone, is notable for its huge size, 21m by 4m, and its impressive false door, a typical feature of Egyptian tombs that allowed the deceased to travel from the burial chamber into the chapel above; this still bears traces of black ink, as well as carved images of Shepseskaf-ankh himself.

The discovery comes at a time when organised gangs continue to attack archaeological sites across Egypt, and travel warnings have led to many excavation teams cancelling their fieldwork seasons.


Images of Shepseskaf-ankh himself were carved into the tomb
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8 Jan 14
17:3 CET

ALICE C. LINSLEY, LEXINGTON, KY

I believe there is another Abusir south of the Saqqara pyramids in Sudan. There are pyramids there also.

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