Egypt introduced Saturday the invention of an historical treasure trove of greater than a 100 intact sarcophagi, relationship again greater than 2,500 years in the past, the biggest such discover this yr.
The sealed picket coffins, unveiled on website amid fanfare, belonged to prime officers of the Late Interval and the Ptolemaic interval of historical Egypt.
They had been present in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 toes) within the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo.
Archaeologists opened one coffin to disclose a mummy wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly colored hieroglyphic pictorials.
Saqqara, residence to greater than a dozen pyramids, historical monasteries, and animals burial websites, is an unlimited necropolis of the traditional Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Web site.
The massive discover got here simply over a month after archaeologists within the space discovered 59 different well-preserved and sealed picket coffins, additionally relationship again greater than 2,500 years in the past.
“Saqqara has but to disclose all of its contents. It’s a treasure,” Antiquities and Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani mentioned on the unveiling ceremony.
“Excavations are nonetheless underway. Every time we empty a burial shaft of sarcophagi, we discover an entrance to a different.”
Greater than 40 statues of historical deities and funerary masks had been additionally found, he mentioned.
One other two picket statues had been discovered within the tomb belonging to an historical decide of the sixth dynasty, based on Mostafa Waziri, secretary normal of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The sarcophagi can be distributed amongst a number of museums in Egypt together with the yet-to-opened Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza plateau.
The minister attributed the flurry of discoveries in Saqqara to intensive excavation works lately.
One other discovery within the huge necropolis is anticipated to be introduced within the coming weeks, Anani added.
Archaeologists additionally hope to search out an historical workshop for manufacturing picket coffins for mummies quickly, mentioned Waziri.
Egypt hopes archaeological discoveries will spur tourism, a sector which has suffered a number of shocks ever since a 2011 rebellion up till at present’s coronavirus pandemic.