Archaeologists find 27 ancient wooden coffins buried over 2,500 years in Egypt

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27 sarcophagi that were buried 2,500 years ago have been unearthed in Egypt in what is believed to be the largest find of its kind.

Archaeologists working in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo have discovered the incredible collection.

Initially, only 13 sarcophagi were found earlier this month, but new efforts have uncovered 14 more, reports the BBC.

27 sarcophagi that were buried 2,500 years ago have been discovered in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo. Pictured: Egyptian Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri inspects one of the coffins

Sarcophagi have been buried underground for 2,500 years.  13 were discovered earlier this month before another 14 were discovered

Sarcophagi have been buried underground for 2,500 years. 13 were discovered earlier this month before another 14 were discovered

The archaeological transport of 27 sarcophagi is believed to be the largest of its kind ever

The archaeological transport of 27 sarcophagi is believed to be the largest of its kind ever

In a statement released on Saturday, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said: “Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and have not been opened since their burial.

The find is believed to be the most significant of its kind to date and the ministry statement said they hoped to reveal “more secrets” about the find soon.

Alongside the wooden sarcophagi, statues and smaller objects were also discovered by the archaeological team.

Despite having been discovered earlier, the ministry has delayed breaking the news until Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani can visit the excavation site himself to inspect the sarcophagi.

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Mostafa Waziri and the team of archaeologists inspect one of the ancient wooden coffins in a burial shaft in the Saqqara necropolis

Alongside the wooden sarcophagi, statues and smaller objects were also discovered by the archaeological team.

Alongside the wooden sarcophagi, statues and smaller objects were also discovered by the archaeological team.

The Egyptian Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, carries one of the sculptures found next to the sarcophagi outside the excavation site

The Egyptian Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, carries one of the sculptures found next to the sarcophagi outside the excavation site

Saqqara necropolis is located south of Cairo and is part of the ancient capital of Memphis, a Unesco World Heritage site.

It is also the site of the colossal rectangular step pyramid of Djoser.

The sarcophagi were discovered by a team digging 36 feet down and work continues to try to determine the exact history of the sarcophagi.

Egypt is using archaeological finds as a way to promote tourism, a sector that has been directly affected by travel restrictions put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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