Archaeologists unearthed 160 sarcophagi in an Egyptian city of the dead. They opened one that was sealed for more than 2,500 years.
The first finding that Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced was a set of 13 sarcophagi found at the bottom of a 36-foot-deep shaft.
He was right: On Sunday, the ministry announced that archaeologists had found 14 more sarcophagi.
Despite being buried for 2,500 years, the sarcophagi have retained most of their original paint and hieroglyphics. The coffins have been sealed since their burial.
The identities of the people inside the sarcophagi “have not been determined,” the ministry said on Sunday, but suggested the question “will be answered over the next few days” as excavations continue.
The archaeologists also uncovered various artifacts in the burial shaft, including small statues and figurines.
The ancient Egyptians buried their dead in Saqqara — which is 20 miles south of Cairo in the Western Desert — for some 3,000 years.
Saqqara is home to one of Egypt’s oldest pyramids: the Step Pyramid of Djoser, which was built about 4,600 years ago.
The necropolis is replete with mummies.
Researchers also unearthed a huge cache of animal mummies there in November 2019.
The mummified lion cubs are about 2,600 years old.
“This is the first time [a] complete mummy of a lion or lion cub” has been found in Egypt, Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a press conference.
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