CAIRO — Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed 27 ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo near Saqqara pyramid, an official said Monday. “The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were enclosed more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara“, said Neveine el-Arif, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. She said 13 coffins were found earlier this month in a newly discovered, 11 meter-deep (36 feet) well, and that other 14 more were found last week in another well.
Taken images indicated colorful sarcophagi decorated with ancient Egyptian symbols, as well as other artifacts the ministry said were found in the two wells.
Archaeologists were still working to find the origins of the coffins, el-Arif said, adding that more details and other secrets would likely be announced next month.
In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological findings to international media and diplomats in an effort to revive its key tourism sector by attracting more tourists to the country. They said further excavations were underway in the necropolis, and more coffins were expected to be found.
Last year archaeologists found a cache cub that included hundreds of mummified animals, birds, and crocodiles, two mummified lions at Saqqara pyramid.
The Saqqara pyramid upland is part of Egypt’s ancient city of Memphis, which also includes Abu Sir, Dahshur, and Abu Ruwaysh and the famous Giza Pyramids. The ancient ruins of Memphis were nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1970s.
In October 2019, archaeologists unearthed 30 ancient wooden coffins with inscriptions and paintings, symbols in the southern city of Luxor. The Luxor coffins were moved to be showcased at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which situated near the Giza Pyramids.
Why is Saqqara Pyramid important?
1.Saqqara and its Enclosure
One of the oldest stone structures in Egypt is so-called as the Great Enclosure or Gisr el-Mudir. It’s Located at Saqqara and not far from Djoser’s Step pyramid and the buried pyramid, the massive structure of the pyramid is one of the most mysterious buildings in the history of Egypt.
3.Saqqara and the Great Enclosure
4.Saqqara and the Birth of Egypt’s Stone monument
Egypt’s key tourism sector was dealt a blow this year by the global coronavirus pandemic. Tourism of Egypt was one of the first and hardest effects on industries when the coronavirus entered.
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