100 ancient coffins, some of which contain mummies discovered in an Egyptian necropolis | World news


Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of nearly 100 ancient coffins – some with mummies inside – and around 40 golden statues south of Cairo.

The remains, buried in colored and sealed sarcophagi, were buried over 2,500 years ago in the Pharaonic necropolis.

They were exhibited in a makeshift display by the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara.

Objects discovered by archaeologists will be transferred to at least three museums in Cairo

Archaeologists discovered a well-preserved mummy wrapped in cloth – which they then x-rayed to find out how the body was preserved.

Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany said the artefacts dated back to the Ptolemaic dynasty which ruled Egypt for 300 years – from around 320 BC to around 30 BC and the Late Period (664 -332 BC).

He added that the objects would be moved to at least three museums in Cairo – including the Grand Egyptian Museum which is currently under construction near the pyramids of Giza.

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He also mentioned that another discovery would be revealed at Saqqara necropolis later this year.

Saqqara has been at the center of other recent discoveries.

Since September, antiques experts have found around 140 sealed sarcophagi, almost all of them containing mummies.

Archaeologists have discovered other “wells filled with coffins, well gilded, well painted, well decorated,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The site of Saqqara is part of the necropolis located in the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis – which includes the famous pyramids of Giza.

The objects are said to date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for 300 years

Egyptian authorities have exposed archaeological finds in hopes of reviving the country’s tourism industry, decimated since the 2011 uprising that led to the dismissal of Hosni Mubarak.

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