Annual excavations in Saqqara with remarkable finds

1 June 2015

Statue of a falconStatue of a falcon
Four-sided stelaFour-sided stela
Maarten Raven is copying the inscriptions of the four-sided stela.Maarten Raven is copying the inscriptions of the four-sided stela.
Maarten Raven is copying the inscriptions of the four-sided stela.Maarten Raven is copying the inscriptions of the four-sided stela.
Maarten Raven is copying the inscriptions of the four-sided stela.Maarten Raven is copying the inscriptions of the four-sided stela.
At the excavationAt the excavation
At the excavationAt the excavation
At the excavationAt the excavation
At the excavationAt the excavation
At the excavationAt the excavation

The museum's annual archaeological expedition to Saqqara (Egypt) yielded some remarkable finds in May 2015. This year's research team included staff attached to the National Museum of Antiquities as well as staff attached to the museum's new partner, Museo Egizio in Turin.

Remarkable finds: statue of a falcon and a four-sided stela

The research team did an immense amount of work in the space of four weeks, in spite of sizzling-hot temperatures sometimes rising over 40°C. During the excavations they made some remarkable discoveries. First they found a one-metre-high limestone statue of a falcon. Later another striking object was uncovered: a somewhat damaged but rare four-sided stela. Although the stone is weather-beaten, the images inscribed on it are clearly visible. The four sides show the deceased (an otherwise unknown mason named Samut) together with his wife, worshipping the divine couple Osiris and Isis, the Hathor cow and the Apis bull.

Excavation project in Saqqara

The National Museum of Antiquities has been working on an excavation project in Saqqara since 1975, carrying out excavations and conducting research for a few weeks each year. Because of the political conditions in Egypt, the curator Maarten Raven and his team were unable to go in 2014, but now they can resume their work. In May 2015 they have excavated the underground burial chambers that were discovered some time ago and have carried out research on them.