In Picture: Saqqara Necropolis Found To Contain Huge Cache Of Sealed Sarcophagi

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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered almost 30 sarcophagi believed to have been buried for around 2,500 years, according to the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

The cache of closed coffins was unearthed from a 11-meter-deep (36 feet) burial shaft in Saqqara, a vast necropolis about 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of Cairo.

Having announced the discovery of over a dozen sarcophagi at the site earlier this month, the ministry revealed via Facebook on Sunday that it had unearthed a further 14, raising the total number found in the shaft to 27.

In Picture: Saqqara Necropolis Found To Contain Huge Cache Of Sealed Sarcophagi - Vantage News Nigeria
:Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
In Picture: Saqqara Necropolis Found To Contain Huge Cache Of Sealed Sarcophagi - Vantage News Nigeria
Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany and Mustafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inspect one of the sarcophagi. Credit: Courtesy of Ministry of Antiquities-Egypt
In Picture: Saqqara Necropolis Found To Contain Huge Cache Of Sealed Sarcophagi - Vantage News Nigeria
The mummy was buried with beautiful jewelry, including four necklaces made of materials such as blue glass, quartz and amethyst. Credit: From Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
In Picture: Saqqara Necropolis Found To Contain Huge Cache Of Sealed Sarcophagi - Vantage News Nigeria
One of the 27 new sarcophagi discovered at Saqqara, Egypt. Credit: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Facebook
In Picture: Saqqara Necropolis Found To Contain Huge Cache Of Sealed Sarcophagi - Vantage News Nigeria
Ancient Egyptian finds: A mummy that dates back to 1600 BCE was discovered in Luxor, in Egypt’s south, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced. Credit: From Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

Despite staying underground for millennia, the coffins have retained some of their original colors. Archaeologists also uncovered a collection of smaller artifacts at the site, according to a ministry statement.

Prior to Sunday’s announcement, Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany had already described discoveries at the site as being “the largest number of coffins in one burial since the discovery of the Al-Asasif cachette,” referring to the 2019 discovery of 30 coffins, with mummies inside, that authorities then called Egypt’s largest find in over a century.

In a press statement, El-Enany also thanked the excavation workers for operating in difficult conditions while adhering to new coronavirus-related safety measures.

“(It’s a) very exciting discovery,” he said in a video released by the ministry. “I think it’s only the beginning.”

All 27 of the sarcophagi unearthed from Saqqara appear to be completely sealed, with initial studies suggesting that they haven’t been opened since they were first buried, the ministry said. Authorities also suggested that more coffins and artifacts were likely buried in the same location.

:Vantage News and CNN

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