Archaeologists in Egypt have found at least 100 perfectly preserved ancient coffins, some of which contain mummies and 40 statues in a vast pharaonic necropolis south of the capital Cairo.
Intricate painted drawings can still be seen on sealed sarcophagi that were buried more than 2,500 years ago at a funeral. shafts, along with gold masks and amulets.
Wooden sarcophagi displayed during the discovery. Credit: AHMED HASAN / AFP / Getty Images
Egyptian antiquities said the coffins on display at the Saqqara necropolis on Saturday may have been so well preserved because they were of higher quality and belonged to “higher class” people.
Archaeologists opened one of the excavated coffins, and the mummy inside was X-rayed to show how it had been preserved.
Waziri told reporters that the X-ray showed that the mummy was a man between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 7 inches tall, who had been in good health all his life and most likely died between the ages of 40 and 45.
Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani said the artifacts, including statues and mummies, would be moved to several museums in Egypt.
El-Anani said archaeologists were continuing to excavate the site and that the discovery would not be the last, adding that a new archeological find at the Saqqara necropolis would be unveiled later this year.
The finds will be moved to several museums in Egypt. Credit: AHMED HASAN / AFP / Getty Images
The announcement marks the latest in a series of discoveries in Saqqara that have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
It dates from the Egyptian first dynasty around 3150 BC, the vast cemetery once served the royal capital of Memphis, and is the home of the oldest surviving pyramid in the country.