It’s March 2019 in Egypt, and a team of archaeologists are excavating an ancient burial ground. Thousands of years ago, the early pharaohs were laid to rest in this sprawling necropolis, buried beneath tombs and pyramids that kept their contents concealed from public view while dynasties rose and fell. But the researchers persevere, and in the process, they hit upon something incredible.
Since the 19th century, groups of excavators have combed the ruins of Saqqara in search of relics from the region’s fascinating past. During Egypt’s First Dynasty, the earliest nobles were buried here, after all, meaning thousands of years’ worth of history lies hidden somewhere beneath the arid, rocky ground.