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59 Wooden Coffins Discovered in Saqqara (Photos)


Sat 03 Oct 2020 | 03:04 PM
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Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Egypt's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, announced that Saqqara new archaeological discovery is a 'massive event'.

In a press conference held on Saturday, the minister added that three 3 burial wells have been discovered, containing 59 archaeological wooden coffins with their mummies, in addition to hundreds of artifacts.

Moreover, Anani added that the excavation work of the Egyptian archaeological mission in Saqqara area continues, stressing that more discoveries are being underway.

He confirmed that the Egyptian archaeologists have found a collection of exquisite well-preserved colored wooden coffins, in addition to a number of Ushabtis statuettes, and a bronze statue of the god Nefertum.

The minister also added that the world's ambassadors' keenness to attend the press conference of Saqqara's discovery reflects the strength and greatness of Egypt.

In exclusive statements to “SEE News” website, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the digging process was carried out by Egyptian hands, adding the wells have been closed for more than 2500 years, about 600 BC.

Moreover, Waziri pointed out that the coffins, discovered inside an 11 meter-deep burial shaft, belong to the 26th Dynasty.

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities also thanked all the people working in the site during these hard times.

Contributed by Ali Abu Dashish