‘Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb’: What they didn’t tell you about Saqqara tomb in the documentary

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: October 27, 2020

Netflix is releasing a feature-length documentary
film about the discovery of the tomb of Wahtye, an Ancient Egyptian priest who
died in the Old Kingdom about 4500 years ago.

The new Netflix documentary titled “Secrets of the Saqqara
Tomb” is scheduled to drop on Netflix on October 28. It documents the
excavation of a tomb that is referred to as “once-in-a-generation” discovery because
of how well preserved it is despite being centuries old.

Under the direction of James Tovell, athe film
follows a team of Egyptian priest and archaeologists as they explore the area of Saqqara
necropolis which remained untouched for centuries. The team unearthed a series
of passageways, statues, shafts, and tombs that people are referring to Egypt’s
biggest discovery in almost half a century!

Check out the trailer here until the movie releases:

The whole world was stunned by the discovery of
the tomb of Wahtye, as it is the most significant one in recent years. However,
there are some things which haven’t been told in the documentary.

Wahtye’s tomb was impressively well-preserved when
it was discovered; it has never been opened, touched, or looted ever before.
With the discoveries at Saqqara, it’s groundbreaking as the archaeological
evidence for a vast funeral industry is revealed and documented in detail for
the first time ever!

Source: National Geographic

The teams were astonished to find 55 statues
carved into the tomb’s walls. It was quite surprising because generally such
decorations were only reserved to the tombs of the pharaohs. And the fact that
the person didn’t belong to the royal house caught most of the interest of the

Source: National Geographic

It was clear that Wahtye wasn’t an ordinary
person! Along with the human mummies, archaeologists also found first-ever
mummified lion cubs in the soil of Egypt. It was found within the walls of a
temple belonging to the Ancient Egyptian cat goddess Bastet. This discovery was
the most significant one, as it helped archaeologists to understand new things
about the kinds of animals buried in ancient Egypt.

Inside the tomb, archaeologists also found the
bones of a family. Dr. Amira Shaheen, Professor of Rheumatology discovered that
those bones were bloated, signaling that the entire family died because of some epidemic, such as malaria.

If it turned out to be
true, it would be a first-ever documented case of malaria in over 1000 years.

Source: Getty Images

These spine-chilling facts have already convinced us
to watch the film on 28th October. How about you?

Updated October 27, 2020
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