An ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi was discovered in Egypt on Saturday. Sarcophagus is a stone coffin adorned with sculpture or inscription.
WHAT WAS DISCOVERED IN EGYPT?
Sealed wooden coffins were found in three burial shafts in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, AFP reports. They belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt.
WHAT DID THE COFFINS CONTAIN?
One of the coffins was opened and a mummy wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with hieroglyphic pictorials was found in it, archaeologists said. Saqqara is the burial site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Around a month ago, archaeologists in the area had discovered 59 sealed wooden coffins dating back more than 2,500 years ago
“Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents. It is a treasure. Excavations are still underway. Whenever we empty a burial shaft of sarcophagi, we find an entrance to another,” Khaled al-Anany, Antiquities and Tourism Minister, said at the unveiling ceremony, AFP reports.
WHAT ELSE WAS FOUND IN EGYPT?
Apart from the sealed coffins, 40 statues of ancient deities and funerary masks were also found. These will be distributed among several museums in Egypt. Some will also find a place in the Grand Egyptian Museum at the Giza plateau that will soon be inaugurated.
Tourism in Egypt suffered immensely in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the country hopes that archaeological discoveries will better the situation.