Not less than 100 historic coffins and 40 gilded statues have been found it a large burial web site south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, authorities introduced on Saturday.
A number of the vibrant, sealed sarcophagi, which have been buried greater than 2,500 years in the past, contained mummies wrapped in fabric.
The finds date again to the Ptolemaic dynasty, which dominated Egypt from round 320BC to 30BC and from the Late Interval, between 664 and 332BC, and are actually being displayed in a makeshift exhibit on the toes of the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara.
Khaled el-Anany, Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minister stated the artefacts can be moved to a few Cairo museums together with the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum that Egypt is constructing close to the famed Giza Pyramids. He stated they’d announce one other discovery on the Saqqara necropolis later this 12 months.
‘Shafts stuffed with coffins’
The invention on the famed necropolis is the newest in a sequence of archaeological finds in Egypt. Since September, antiquities authorities revealed at the least 140 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them, in the identical space of Saqqara.
Egyptian archaeologists discovered different “shafts stuffed with coffins, well-gilded, well-painted, well-decorated,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, advised reporters on Saturday.
The Saqqara web site is a part of the necropolis at Egypt’s historic capital of Memphis that features the famed Giza Pyramids, in addition to smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur, and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of Memphis have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage web site within the 1970s.
Egypt ceaselessly touts its archaeological discoveries in hopes of spurring an important tourism trade that has been reeling from the political turmoil following the 2011 common rebellion that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The sector was additionally dealt an extra blow this 12 months by the coronavirus pandemic.