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Another 14 intact wooden coffins unearthed in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis


Egypt's antiquities ministry announced Sunday the discovery of 14 sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo that had lain buried for 2,500 years.


Another 14 intact wooden coffins unearthed in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities



The coffins were found two days ago during an archaeological dig at the burial spot where another 13 wooden sarcophagi had been discovered last week, the ministry said in a statement.


Another 14 intact wooden coffins unearthed in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

The vast Saqqara necropolis is located around 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of the famed Giza pyramids. It is part of the ancient city of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and hosts the colossal step Pyramid of Djoser.


Another 14 intact wooden coffins unearthed in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities



Photographs of the well-preserved wooden coffins show ornate and intricate paintings, with maroon and blue lines, as well as hieroglyphic pictorials.


Another 14 intact wooden coffins unearthed in Egypt's Saqqara necropolis
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

The ministry said more excavations had been planned, with the expectation that another trove of wooden coffins would be found at the site.


Source: AFP [September 21, 2020]


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