59 ancient coffins were discovered by archaeologists in Egypt, these coffins belong to clerks and priests from the 26th dynasty. Archaeologists reported that ten more coffins were discovered in the vast Saqqara necropolis a few days ago.
The coffins were found at the UNESCO world heritage site in south Cairo. They were buried in 10-12 meter shafts with statues of the old Egyptian God Seker. This discovery was the idea of an Egyptian archaeological mission that has been active since 2008; the initiative recently unveiled a cache of mummified animals and a perfectly-preserved tomb of a royal priest.
The sarcophagi which were ornately decorated were unveiled in the presence of the media on Saturday. It was revealed that the remains were wrapped in burial cloth that had hieroglyphic inscriptions.
The secretary0general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, Mostafa al-Waziri, explained that the team had unveiled the shafts where the caskets were laid in good condition due to a seal that protected them from chemical reactions.
This initiative will continue to discover coffins and study their contents before displaying them at the Grand Egyptian Museum that will be opening next year. The museum will be hosting several artifacts of Egypt’s history, from the period of pre-dynastic and Greco-Roman periods. This recent discovery and the new museum will help boost the tourism sector in Egypt. The tourism sector has gone through a lot of drawbacks since 2011 Arab Spring upsprings.