A ‘huge number’ of sealed sarcophagi unearthed in Egypt

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Saqqara, also Sakkara or Saccara, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis.
Saqqara, also Sakkara or Saccara, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Getty Images

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered another huge number of unopened sarcophagi in Saqqara.

They add to the collection of almost 60 coffins recently recovered from the ancient necropolis.

Although full details are yet to be announced, authorities said in a statement that “a huge number” of wooden sarcophagi had been unearthed

Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany went on Instagram saying that the find amounted to “dozens” of coffins, adding that they have been sealed since ancient times.

The ministry said that further details of this month’s discovery will be announced at a press conference at the site in “the next few weeks.”

The collection of sarcophagi are believed to date back more than 2,500 years.

The government press release stated that colored glided statues were also found in the tombs. El-Enany and Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly visited the site on Monday alongside secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri to inspect the painted coffins and a variety of other objects.

In September, archaeologists at Saqqara discovered almost 30 closed coffins in one of three burial shafts measuring 10 to 12 meters (33 to 39 feet) deep.

Officials said they believe the coffins contain senior statesmen and priests from the 26th dynasty, which ruled Egypt from 664 B.C. to 525 B.C.

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