The site of the Serapeum is mentioned by the Greek geographer, philosopher and historian Strabo. It was rediscovered in 1850 by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette.
But it wasn't until the twentieth century that serious archaeological investigation of the site was carried out.
Mariette had read Strabo in the nineteenth century, and in the twentieth century Ian Mathieson read Mariette.
Ian decided to apply to the Egyptian government to explore the same area the French archaeologist had worked. Permission was granted, and the Saqqara Geophysical Survey Project has gone on to record some outstanding discoveries.
Find out more about the project, about the people who make up the project team, and how you can help support the work they do, by following the links on the left hand side of this page.