This is the story of the secret and mysterious tomb belonging to an Ancient Egyptian ‘Priest of Magic’ that got discovered by archeologists 4,500 years after it was sealed off from the world.
Archaeologists at Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza have found the tomb of Shepseskaf ‘ankh, the Head of Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom – 4,500 years ago. A large door covered in hieroglyphs revealed that its occupant was the ‘Priest of Khnum,’ or ‘Priest of Magic’.
The strange tomb measures 69 by 45 feet long and 13 feet high and indicates the importance of the ancient medical professional. The false door with the name, title and images of its owner is located inside a chapel where the tomb itself was found. The door in the eastern part of the tomb also says that the medicine man was one of the most important royal physicians in Ancient Egypt at the time.
It is the third tomb of a physician discovered in Abusir Cemetery, which is an enormous necropolis close to modern Cairo and served as an elite burial place for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. ‘This discovery is important because this is the tomb of one of the greatest doctors from the time of the pyramid builders; one of the doctors closely tied to the king. The necropolis where the tomb was found is part of a vast pyramid field that stretches from north Giza to Saqqara and was designed to supplement Giza, which was already filled up with funeral monuments of the 5th Dynasty pharaohs.
It was common for different priests to act as specialist medics, as they believed that different gods governed different parts of the human body. Much of what is known about the priests and doctors comes from ancient papyrus manuscripts that reveal the cures they used as well as how they performed operations and used surgical implements to remove cysts and tumours. Some of the ‘cures’ composed of 600 drugs and 800 procedures, developed by the ancient physicians – such as applying direct pressure to cuts – are still used today. (Source)
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