On Saturday, Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient sarcophagi, some of which contained mummies, and about 40 gilded statues in a vast Pharaonic tomb south of Cairo.
Colorful, sealed coffins and statues buried more than 2,500 years ago are on display in a temporary exhibition at the feet of the famous pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara.
Archaeologists have opened a coffin with a well-preserved mummy wrapped in a piece of cloth. They also performed x-rays to visualize the ancient structures mummy, Explains how the body was preserved.
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said in a press conference that the discovered pieces date back to the era of the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for about 300 years – from about 320 BC to about 30 BC, and the late period (664-332 BC).
He said they would transfer the artifacts to at least three museums in Cairo, including the Grand Egyptian Museum that Egypt is building near the famous Giza pyramids. He said that they will announce another discovery at the Saqqara cemetery later this year.
The find in the famous cemetery is the latest in a series of archaeological discoveries in Egypt. Since September, antiquities authorities have uncovered at least 140 sealed coffins, most of them mummies, in the same area of Saqqara.
Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters on Saturday that Egyptian archaeologists had found “columns filled with coffins, gilded, well-painted and well-decorated.”
The Saqqara site is part of a cemetery in Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt, which includes the famous pyramids of Giza, in addition to smaller pyramids. Pyramids In Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Ruish. The Memphis ruins were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s.
Egypt often promotes it Archaeological discoveries Hoping to stimulate a dynamic tourism industry that was reeling from political unrest in the wake of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. The sector has also suffered another blow this year due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
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