• Tufan Akbay

2,600-Year-Old Containers Filled with Feta Cheese Found in Egypt

Archaeologists working at the Saqqara necropolis in Egypt unearthed several blocks of feta cheese dating to the 26th dynasty (664-525 BC)

In the statement made by the Ministry of Antiquities, it was stated that the find was revealed during the excavations of the sixth season.


According to the statement, archaeologists unearthed a series of clay pots containing cheese and with Demotic writing (ancient Egyptian writing also found on the Rosetta Stone).

Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that the ancient Egyptians called feta cheese, which turned into the word "Haloum" in the Coptic times, "Haram" and is now known as "Halloumi cheese".


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Archaeologists excavating in Sakkara said they expected other pottery to be found.

The Saqqara necropolis is home to the most important archaeological remains of Egypt. Since 2018, various missions in the region have uncovered a number of high-profile finds, including a collection of over 100 sarcophagi that were the subject of the 2020 Netflix documentary.


Saqqara Necropolis

Saqqara is located 24 kilometers southwest of Cairo. It is known as a region where the inhabitants of Memphis, the oldest capital of Egypt, are buried.

There is also the Zoser Pyramid, which is thought to have been built in the region around 2500 BC. This pyramid, which reaches 63.17 meters in height, is also accepted as the first great monument design made of stone in the world.

This structure, which is the first example of a step pyramid, was built by the famous architect Imhotep.

National News. 16.09.2022