Archaeologists have uncovered 13 ancient Egyptian coffins

Hyperaxion Sep 9, 2020

The discovery was made in the ancient city of Saqqara, south of Cairo. 5,000 years ago, the region was the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis.

Thirteen 2,500 years old coffins were found by a team of archaeologists in the ancient city of Saqqara, south of the city of Cairo, Egypt.

The announcement was made by the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in a post shared on Facebook last Sunday (6).

Archaeologists have uncovered 13 ancient Egyptian coffins
(Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities /وزارة السياحة والآثار).

The coffins contain ornamental decoration and still retain their original coloring. In addition, they were still sealed when they were found.

“[This is a] very exciting discovery,” said Khaled Al-Anani, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, in a video announcing the discovery. “I think this is just the beginning.”

The coffins were found stacked on top of each other at the bottom of an 11-meter-deep shaft in the necropolis.

From the first Egyptian dynasty, 5,000 years ago, the region started to function as a necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis. For this reason, the site is home to several pyramids, temples, and tombs.

Over the next few weeks, archaeologists hope to not only find clues about the identity of the owners of the coffins, but also to find other coffins and artifacts from that period.

According to the researchers, this is the largest number of coffins found in an Egyptian necropolis since October last year, when 30 coffins were found in Asasif, in present-day Luxor, southern Egypt.

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