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59 coffins unearthed in Egyptian necropolis

By T.K. Randall
October 4, 2020 · Comment icon 5 comments

Most of the coffins are still sealed. Image Credit: Facebook / Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
The haul of several dozen coffins - with mummies inside most of them - is thought to date back 2,600 years.
The discovery, which was made at the ancient desert necropolis of Saqqara, was announced on Saturday by Egypt's tourism and antiquities minster Khalid el-Anany.

It follows on from the discovery of 13 coffins in a burial shaft at the site back in September.

"I consider this is the beginning of a big discovery," said el-Anany.

Saqqara itself served as the necropolis for Memphis - the capital of ancient Egypt - and contains bodies interred over an extended period of more than 3,000 years.
Not all of these were noblemen either - some were middle and working class individuals.

What makes this particular discovery so significant - aside from the sheer number of coffins - is the fact that most of them are sealed and still contain the bodies and accompanying burial artifacts.

Archaeologists believe that there are likely to be many more to find at the site.

According to el-Anany, the newly discovered coffins will be put on display in the upcoming Grand Egyptian Museum which is being constructed near the Giza Pyramids.

In the meantime, excavations at Saqqara are likely to reveal more surprises over the coming weeks.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Openning them like that, in the middle of a crowd and under the sun look like the best way to damage them. At least it doesnt rain...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Yeah, just avoid creepy black (probably cursed) sarcophagi. They opened that one last year, and look at 2020.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ercbreeze 3 years ago
I hope one day in the future they don't put my coffin in a museum!    
Comment icon #4 Posted by mdbuilder 3 years ago
'Rest in peace' sounds kinda ridiculous...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Wepwawet 3 years ago
Though I am fascinated by Ancient Egypt, some of these pronouncements can be a bit risible. "Breaking news!, we found bodies in a cemetery, gasp!"

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