The biggest “treasure” unearthed in the country since the beginning of the year. Egypt unveiled on Saturday, November 14 one hundred sarcophagi more than 2000 years old in perfect condition, discovered in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo.
The sealed wooden coffins, revealed with fanfare during a ceremony, belonged to high officials of the Late Period (700-300 BC) and the Ptolemaic Period (323-30 BC). .-VS.). They were discovered in the Saqqara necropolis, where some sixty intact sarcophagi dating back more than 2,500 years had been unveiled last month.
The Saqqara site is located just over ten miles south of the pyramids on the Giza Plateau and is home to the necropolis of Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known for the famous Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser, the first from the Pharaonic era. This monument is also considered one of the oldest on the surface of the world.
The hundred sarcophagi unveiled on Saturday were discovered in three burial pits, 12 meters deep. “Excavations are still ongoing. As soon as you empty one burial pit with sarcophagi, you discover another,” said Khaled el-Enani, Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities.
More than forty statues of ancient deities and funerary masks have also been found., according to the minister. Two wooden statues were also discovered in the tomb of a Sixth Dynasty judge, dating back more than four millennia, according to the secretary general of the General Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri.
These finds will be distributed in various Egyptian museums, including the Great Egyptian Museum to open in 2021 on the outskirts of Cairo, near the pyramids of Giza. According to Khaled el-Enani, these recent discoveries are the result of increased excavation work in recent years. Another find at the necropolis will be announced in the coming weeks., “in December or early 2021,” he added.