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Saturday, October 10, 2020

2500-year-old coffins discovered in Egypt and opened for the first time

What is interesting about the discoveries is that they are still in a good condition.

Archaeologists have discovered 49 coffins in Egypt which are said to have dated back to 2500 years.

As if that was not mindboggling enough, they look well decorated with one of them containing a body wrapped in burial cloth which was also decorated in brightly-coloured symbols when the archaeologists opened them in the full glare of newsmen.

The discoveries were reportedly made in the South of Cairo in an area that was once the Saqqara burial ground.

"We are very happy about this discovery," said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. "So today is not the end of the discovery, I consider it the beginning of the big discovery."

Reports say the sarcophagi will be put on display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) at the Giza plateau where tourists can visit to view them.

Watch the archaeologists in the video below as they open and display the two and a half millennia old coffins:

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Egyptian archaeologists unveil discovery of 59 sealed sarcophagi SAQQARA, Egypt: Archaeologists in Egypt have announced one of the most dramatic finds in decades after 59 sealed sarcophagi were uncovered from the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, outside Cairo. The mummified remains date back almost 2,500 years, with many more expected to be found in coming months. Saqqara, 32 kilometers south of the capital, is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1970s. Part of the necropolis of Egypt’s ancient city of Memphis, it is famous for its 5,000-year-old Step pyramid of Djoser, which has recently undergone a $10 million restoration. Although there is still much work to be done to identify who was buried there, experts believe the mummies were priests and officials who once sanctified the vast cemetery.

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