The discovering of a collection of more than 13 intact sealed coffins have been announced by Egypt, dating back to 2,500 years.
Khaled al-Anany, Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister (C) and Secretary-General of the supreme council of Antiquities (SCA) Mostafa Waziri (R) look at 2,500-year-old coffin discovered in Giza, Egypt, on Sept, 6, 2020.
According to report, the coffins were said to be found at an archaeological site in Saqqara necropolis in Giza, this was revealed in a statement by Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The statement added, the coffins, along with three sealed niches, were unearthed inside an 11-meter-deep shaft.
The Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister, Khaled al-Anany and Mostafa Waziri, Secretay-General of the Supreme Council to Antiquities (SCA), visited the site on Sunday and inspected the excavation work in the shaft.
“The discovery marks the largest number of coffins found in one burial place since the discovery of the Asasif Cachette,’’ the minister said, referring to the discovery of 30 ancient coffins in October 2019 at Asasif cemetery in Upper Egypt’s Luxor Province.
While the discovery in Saqqara includes a wonderful collection of coloured wooden coffins whose colours and inscriptions are still in a good condition despite the passage of 2,500 years,’’ Mr Waziri, who leads the Egyptian archaeological mission in Saqqara, told Xinhua.
The exact number of the unearthed coffins and the identity and titles of their owners have not yet been determined.
But, he said the identity will be found out in the coming few days as the excavation work still continues, say by Mr Waziri.
The result will be out soon and the mission continues excavation work on the site and it is expected to discover more shafts, coloured wooden coffins and statues, say by the SCA chief.
However, with the report we gathered, studies revealed that none of the coffins were opened and it is completely sealed since they were buried inside the shaft.