White cheese found inside ancient pottery in Egypt

White cheese found inside ancient pottery in Egypt

Cairo, The Gulf Observer: The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the resumption of excavation work in the Saqqara antiquities area, for the sixth consecutive season.

A team of Egyptian archaeologists headed by Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities, resumed their work in the Saqqara region, where the team found a group of Pottery vessels have inscriptions in the ancient Egyptian language in the form of demotic scripts.

Waziri said that inside these pots a group of molds of white cheese was found, which is likely to date back to the late period in the time period of the 26th and 27th dynasties. He pointed out that the ancient Egyptians called white cheese “Haram”, which during Coptic times changed to the word “Halloum” and is now known as “Halloum cheese.”

He pointed out that there is still another set of pots that are still completely closed, and the mission will open them during the next few period to find out what secrets they contain inside.

Excavations will also be completed to reveal more treasures in this area. The Egyptian Antiquities Mission has started its work on the site since 2018, and through the past five excavations seasons, it succeeded in discovering the unique tomb of the priest of the Fifth Dynasty “Wahi”, in addition to 7 rock tombs, including three tombs from the New Kingdom and four tombs from the Old Kingdom, and the facade of a tomb from The ancient state, in addition to the discovery of more than a thousand amulet of faience, dozens of wooden cat statues, cat mummies, wooden statues and animal mummies.

In 2020, it revealed more than 100 closed wooden sarcophagi in their first condition from the late era inside burial wells, 40 statues of the god of the Saqqara cemetery, Ptah Suker with gilded parts, and 20 wooden boxes of the god Horus.

This discovery was classified as one of the ten most important archaeological discoveries for the year 2020 and the most eye-catching, according to the American Archaeological Journal.