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Egypt showcases scores of 2,500-year-old coffins

Egypt showcases scores of 2,500-year-old coffins”

A collection of 100 intact 26th Dynasty coffins were unearthed in Egypt's Saqqara Necropolis, in addition to golden funerary masks and a collection of 40 wooden statues of Saqqara goddess Ptah Soker, some of which are gilded.

The sealed wooden coffins were found in three burial shafts 12 metres underground at the Saqqara necropolis, just south of Cairo.

According to an article in The Independent , some of the "100 colorfully painted and sealed sarcophagi (coffins) still have mummies inside" that were found wrapped in burial cloths dating to over 2,000 years ago.

Last month Ancient Origins published a news story about the discovery of a hoard of well-preserved ancient Egyptian coffins at the Saqqara necropolis about 19 miles (30 km) south of Cairo.

Saqqara, home to more than a dozen pyramids, ancient monasteries, and animals burial sites, is a vast necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year.

The discovered items date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for some 300 years - from around 320 B.C.to about 30 B.C., and the Late Period (664-332 B.C.).

El-Anany said at the unveiling ceremony: "Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents".

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"Excavations are still underway".

"We have discovered only one per cent of the antiquities buried in the Saqqara Necropolis", he added, pointing out that many other discoveries will follow.

They also carried out x-rays to visualise the structures of the ancient mummy, in turn showing how the body had been preserved.

Khaled el-Anan said the mummies would ultimately be moved to at least three Cairo museums, including the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) that is now being built near the famed Giza Pyramids.

Egyptian authorities have put archaeological discoveries on display in the hope of boosting the country's tourism industry, which has been decimated since the 2011 uprising which resulted in the removal of Hosni Mubarak.

The sector has been dealt a further blow this year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Archaeologists work on an artifact, around 2,500 years old, from the newly discovered burial site near Egypt's Saqqara necropolis, during a presentation in Giza, Egypt November 14, 2020.



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