Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed more than 100 delicately painted wooden coffins, some with mummies, and 40 funeral statues in the ancient burial grounds of Sakkara, Egyptian archaic officials said, making this year’s discovery the most Is called big discovery.
Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khalid El-Enani told reporters in Sakra on Saturday, the sealed wooden coffins, some of which are mummies, are 2,500 years old and “in the right state of preservation”. Officials said the good quality of the coffin meant that they were probably the last resting place for the wealthiest citizens.
Other artifacts discovered include funeral masks, canopic jars and amulets.
“This discovery is very important because it proves that Sakkara was the main burial of the 26th dynasty,” said Za Hawas, an Egyptian scientist. Told the magazine Egypt TodayHe said that the rulers date from about 600 BCE to 525 BCE. This would enrich existing knowledge about mummification in that period.
The artifacts and coffins will eventually be on display at several museums in Egypt, including the Grand Egypt Museum, a huge archaeological center under construction near the Giza Pyramid, which is expected to open next year.
Saqqara, a city about 20 miles from Cairo, is a giant necrosis for the capital of the Old Kingdom of Memphis, and has long been the source of major archaeological discoveries. Was made UNESCO World Heritage Site In the 1970s, the necropolis housed more than a dozen burial sites, including the King Pyramid’s Phase Pyramid, the first known burial pyramid.
In a dramatic climax at the news conference on Saturday, experts opened a coffin and scanned a mummy with an X-ray, determining that it was a man around the age of 40.
The discovery, announced on Saturday, is the most recent in a series of historical discoveries. Officials said in October that they had found 59 monolithic coffins.
Archaeologists have an ancient workshop in 2021 in which bodies are expected to be prepared for mummification.
Egypt is making a concerted effort to bring visitors back to the country as the latest discovery, which relies heavily on tourism. Political problems including A 2011 rebellion He tops Longest Leader Hosni Mubarak, Along with terrorist attacks and other instability, have disturbed tourists, and the coronavirus epidemic has dealt another blow.
according to a Times Database, The total number of virus cases in Egypt is 110,547, with an average of 226 new infections per day compared to the previous week. The country reopened its borders to visitors in July.