Ancient Gold Mine Of Over 100 Sarcophagi Found In Egypt
Wooden sarcophagi throughout the unveiling of an ancient gold mine of more than a 100 sarcophagi.
Egypt revealed Saturday the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 undamaged sarcophagi, the largest such discover this year.
The sealed wooden caskets, revealed on website amidst excitement, belonged to top authorities of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic duration of ancient Egypt.
They were discovered in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo.
Archaeologists opened one coffin to expose a mummy wrapped in a burial shroud decorated with brilliantly coloured hieroglyphic pictorials.
Saqqara is the burial website of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The big find came just over a month after archaeologists in the area discovered 59 other unspoiled and sealed wooden coffins dating back more than 2,500 years back.
” Saqqara has yet to expose all of its contents. It is a treasure,” Antiquities and Tourist Minister Khaled al-Anany stated at the unveiling event.
” Excavations are still underway. Whenever we clear a burial shaft of sarcophagi, we discover an entrance to another.”
More than 40 statues of ancient deities and funerary masks were also found, he stated.
They will be dispersed among numerous museums in Egypt including the yet-to-opened Grand Egyptian Museum at the Giza plateau.
The minister attributed the flurry of discoveries in Saqqara to substantial excavation operates in recent years.
Another discovery in the vast necropolis is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks, he included.
Archaeologists likewise wish to discover an ancient workshop for producing wooden coffins for mummies quickly, according to Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Egypt hopes archaeological discoveries will spur tourist, a sector which has suffered numerous shocks ever considering that a 2011 uprising up till today’s coronavirus pandemic.
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