By Disclose TV
Archaeologists have discovered the tip of an obelisk which is said to be over 4,300 years old while undertaking work at the Saqqara necropolis, the big burial ground which is located to the south of Giza at the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
The mission was led by Professor Phillippe Collombert, and they uncovered what is said to be the upper part of the monument that is said to have been built in 2,350 B.C during the era of the Old Kingdom and the reign of Ankhnespepy II.
Upper Part Of Monument Thought To Have Been Built In 2,350 B.C
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has given a statement that says the piece of the recovered obelisk was carved out of red granite and it is eight feet in length. Collombert said that when the monument was at full size it would more than likely have measured about 16 feet high. There are some indentations at the obelisk top that suggest that it could have been covered with either gold or copper to take full advantage of the rays of the sun.
Obelisk Had Been Moved From Original Position Of Entrance To Tomb
The experts had been able to give the monument an exact date because it had an inscription on it with the name along with the title of Queen Ankhnespepy II. They said that the obelisk does seem to have been moved from the original position that it would have been in and this is by some considerable distance as it would have been at the entrance to the funerary complex of the queen. Experts believe that perhaps some of the lower section of the stone had been removed and it could have been used as a quarry in the New Kingdom era.
The excavations at Saqqara have been going on for the past 50 years, and the goal has been to study the inscriptions from the Old Kingdom. Since 1987 the archaeologists have been excavating the necropolis of the queens that had been laid to rest around the pyramid of Pepy I.
The wife of Pepy I was Ankhnespepy II, and she was said to have been one of the most important Sixth Dynasty queens. When her husband passed away, she was said to have then married his son, and they had a son who later became King Pepy II. The queen became the ruler when Pepy II was only six years of age. This is said to be one of the reasons why the burial pyramid has been as big as it was and it seems to have been the first that was dedicated to a queen that included such a significant inscription.
Team Found Dozens Of Pharaonic God Statues
The excavation team has found dozens of Pharaonic god statues at the recent dig of the ancient temples in Egypt, which has been a joint effort by teams from Egypt and France. They have included Osiris, which had been in burial pits for many thousands of years. One of the statues, said to be 2,000 years old, is a depiction of the god of sculptors and craftsmen with the name of Ptah and is thought to have sat in the temple for many years and when replaced was ceremoniously buried.
The ancient ruins have drawn many tourists over the years, but thanks to the unrest during the 2011 revolution the number of tourists has declined.
This article (The Largest Ever Ancient Obelisk Uncovered In Egypt) was originally published on Disclose TV and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.