NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA – The Egyptian government announced the discovery of a collection of more than 13 fully closed coffins aged 2,500 years.
The entire coffin was found at an archaeological site in the Saqqara burial complex in Giza.
This was conveyed by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in a statement, Sunday, September 6, 2020.
Adapted from Xinhua, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany and Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), visited the site on Sunday. They then examined the digging effort in the hole.
“This discovery marks the highest number of coffins found in a burial area since the discovery of Asasif Cachette,” the minister said.
He made reference to the discovery of 30 ancient coffins in October 2019 at the Asasif burial complex in Luxor Province, Upper Egypt.
“The discoveries at Saqqara include a beautiful collection of colored wooden coffins whose colors and inscriptions are still in good condition despite the past 2,500 years,” said Waziri, who heads the Egyptian archaeological mission in Saqqara.
Waziri said the exact number of coffins excavated and the identity and title of their owners were still unknown. However, everything will be revealed in the coming days considering that excavation efforts are still being carried out.
“This mission continues excavation efforts at the site and is expected to result in many other new discoveries related to pits, colored wooden coffins and statues,” added the SCA chief.
Initial studies revealed that the coffins were completely closed and had not been opened since being buried in the hole, the ministry added. (yos)