Egypt’s antiquities ministry introduced Sunday the invention of 14 sarcophagi within the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo that had lain buried for two,500 years.
The coffins had been discovered two days in the past throughout an archaeological dig on the burial spot the place one other 13 wood sarcophagi had been found final week, the ministry mentioned in a press release.
The huge Saqqara necropolis is situated round 16 kilometres (10 miles) south of the famed Giza pyramids. It’s a part of the traditional metropolis of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage website, and hosts the colossal step Pyramid of Djoser.
Images of the well-preserved wood coffins present ornate and complex work, with maroon and blue strains, in addition to hieroglyphic pictorials.
The ministry mentioned extra excavations had been deliberate, with the expectation that one other trove of wood coffins can be discovered on the website.
In a video distributed this month asserting the discoveries, Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani mentioned the latest finds at Saqqara had been “only the start”.
Egypt has sought to advertise archaeological discoveries throughout the nation in a bid to revive tourism, which took successful from restrictions on journey as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic.
In July, authorities reopened the Giza pyramids and different archaeological websites to the general public after a three-month closure and waived vacationer visa charges to lure holidaymakers.
Egypt can be planning to unveil its centrepiece venture of the Grand Egyptian Museum within the coming months.
The tourism sector, battered by years of political turmoil and terror assaults, had recovered to attract file guests, round 13.6 million final 12 months, when the COVID-19 disaster struck.
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