Egypt discovers antique coffins and 59 new sacrophagi with mummies


In a vast necropolis located south of Cairo in Egypt, archaeologists have discovered a new set of antique coffins, according to the officials who informed of the same on Monday.

A statement was issued by the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry that reported that the archaeologists have unearthed a compendium of vivid, sealed sarcophagi that are believed to have been buried over 2,500 years back at the Saqqara necropolis.

The secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, said that over 80 coffins were discovered.

As per the ministry, the archaeologists also unearthed extravagant statues covered with gold. Further particulars regarding the findings will be disclosed at a news conference at the popular Step Pyramid or Djoser.

Owing to the mayhem caused in 2011 unrest, the tourism sector of the country Egypt fell to pieces and by advertising the archaeological discovery, Egypt aims to recover its essential sector. Furthermore, the worldwide pandemic caused by the coronavirus has also contributed to the degrading status of the sector.

Previous discoveries from Egypt

The region was explored by the Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly and Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khalid el-Anany, who also examined the latest addition to the artefacts. In the same area of Saqqara, more than two weeks ago, the ministry publicised 59 preserved caskets which had mummies inside of them.

The site of Saqqara is a portion of the catacomb located in Egypt’s oldest capital of Memphis that houses the popular Giza Pyramids along with other smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruwaysh. The remnants of Memphis have been labelled a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1970s.


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The upland has a minimum of 11 pyramids along with the Step pyramid and hundreds of other tombs of olden officials and sites that have been present from the 1st Dynasty (2920-2770 B.C.) to the Coptic period (395-642).

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