27 sarcophagi from more than 2,500 years ago discovered in new burial shaft in Egypt

27 sarcophagi from more than 2,500 years ago discovered in new burial shaft in Egypt

In less than two weeks, archaeologists have found the coffins of past civilizations, completely sealed and in perfect condition.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Friday the discovery of another burial shaft in Saqqara, south of Cairo, with 14 new sarcophagi more than 2,500 years ago.

The find joins another recent one, when 13 coffins from the same period were found last week, adding up to a total of 27 wooden coffinssealed and in perfect condition. Along with them, statues and small objects have also been located.

The authorities noted that "excavations are still being carried out to revealmore secrets of this discovery ». However, it is estimated that it could be one of the largest of its kind.

Meanwhile, 'initial studies indicate that these caskets are completely closed and thathave not been opened since they were buried, "reads the institution's statement.

Furthermore, experts consider that probably"they are not the only ones", as there could be more sarcophagi within the niches that are located next to the wells.

After visiting the area, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani, thanked the workers of the site for the work carried out in"Difficult conditions" while complying with all precautionary measures.

Saqqara is believed to have served as themain necropolis from the city of Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt. In the place, burials were made over 3,000 years, so it has become a site of great archaeological interest.


Video: 13 Ancient Wooden Caskets Uncovered in the Necropolis of Saqqara