At least 100 early coffins and 40 gilded statues are found in a huge burial site south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, police declared on Saturday.
A number of those vibrant, sealed sarcophagi that have been buried over 2,500 decades back, comprised mummies wrapped in fabric.
The finds date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt from approximately 320BC to 30BC and in the late period, between 664 and 332BC, and are presently being exhibited in a makeshift exhibition in the feet of their celebrated Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara.
Khaled el-Anany, Egypt’s tourism and antiquities ministry said that the artifacts will be transferred into three Cairo museums such as the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum which Egypt is building close to the famous Giza Pyramids. He said they’d announce another breakthrough in the Saqqara necropolis after this season.
‘Shafts filled with coffins’
The discovery in the famed necropolis is the most up-to-date in a string of archaeological finds in Egypt. Since September, the antiquities government revealed 140 sealed sarcophagi, together with mummies inside the majority of them, at precisely the same region of Saqqara.
Egyptian archaeologists discovered other”shafts filled with coffins, well-gilded, well-painted, well-decorated,” Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of this Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters on Saturday.
The Saqqara website is part of the necropolis in Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis which comprises the famed Giza Pyramids, in addition to smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur, and Abu Ruwaysh.
Egypt frequently touts its archaeological discoveries in hopes of spurring a very important tourism sector that’s been reeling in the political chaos following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The business was dealt a further blow this season from the coronavirus pandemic.