Egyptian archaeologists revealed the details of an ancient burial shaft and a mummification workshop that were discovered 30 meters underground, near the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. Archaeologists are hoping the mummification workshop will provide fresh insight into the chemical make-up of the oils used by ancient Egyptians to mummify their dead.
The burial shaft, which is over 2,000 years old, is believed to date back to approximately 664-404 BC. The shaft was originally discovered in April of this year containing 35 mummies in addition to stone sarcophagi.
Hundreds of small stone statues, jars and vessels used in the mummification process were all found inside the burial chambers and excavated.