The Egyptian funerary garden is said to be 4,000 years old was discovered on the Dra el-Naga Hill in Luxor, Egypt. It is the first funerary garden ever to be dug up and was known to have once been a garden of plants symbol of fertility and the afterlife.
The archaeological discovery of the Egyptian funerary gardens was led by Professor Jose Manuel Galan of the Spanish National Research Council. The dig is the first look of an era where Thebes (now Luxor) is the capital of a Unified Upper and Lower Egypt four centuries ago.
The tomb is in a courtyard near the entrance of a Middle Kingdom Rock cut in stone and is 3 x 2 meters in dimension. The funerary garden was dated to have been made in the twelfth dynasty on 2000 BCE. The small garden is raised and consists of 35 divisions of 30 cm square beds, two of which are raised slightly higher than the rest. Archaeologists say that this is where small trees and plants are first planted. They are now trying to find out the species of plant life that were in those grids and what they are for.
According to Galan, the Egyptian funerary gardens also has an upright trunk of a tamarisk tree positioned in one corner of the room. A bowl containing dried dates and some seeds were along the discovery. Plants may have been used in funeral ceremonies and expressed the inhabitants' religious tenets during that era, reports Mail Online.
Professor Galan and his team of researchers are now analyzing the seeds they have found in the dig and determine what plants they were. The Necropolis dig site offers vast information about the settlers' spiritual background, rituals, and religious beliefs.
Attached to the Tombstones were smaller stelae or minor tombstones identified to be Renef-seneb and the other to the soldier Khemeni, the son of the lady of the house, Satidenu. All references addressed to a local god called Montu from ancient Thebes and to the three funerary Gods Ptah, Sokar, and Osiris, as reported by Eurasia Review.
The discovery of the Egyptian funerary gardens led the archaeologists to believe that Thebes ( now Luxor) is the capital of ancient Egypt with its Upper and Lower Kingdoms. It also helped the researchers understand the numerous tomb diggings that were in unearthed through time.