Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mustafa Madbouli and Dr. Khaled El-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, accompanied by Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inspected, this morning, the excavation works of the Egyptian archaeological mission operating in the Saqqara antiquities area.
The mission has announced the discovery of new archaeological wells including large number of colorfully painted sarcophagus that have been closed for more than 2,500 years, in addition to colored and gilded wooden statues.
The Prime Minister, the Tourism and Antiquities Minister and the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities were keen to go down into one of the three new burial wells to inspect the discovered coffins that were buried inside them.
Madbouli thanked El-Anani, the Ministry’s staff, and the Supreme Council of Antiquities for the great efforts being made to periodically announce unprecedented archaeological discoveries.
In turn, the minister of antiquities also extended special thanks to the Prime Minister for the great support received by the government, leading to all these unprecedented discoveries, announcing that five new museums will be opened before the end of 2020.
Notably, Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry unveiled 59 newly-discovered well-preserved ancient coffins in Giza Province near the capital Cairo in October.
A number of archaeological discoveries have been made in the Saqqara necropolis in the past few years, in addition to the reopening of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, which is the oldest stone construction in history.
The recent discovery marks the largest number of coffins found in one burial place since the discovery of the Asasif Cachette, where 30 ancient coffins were discovered in October 2019 at the Asasif necropolis in Upper Egypt’s Luxor Province.
Contributed by Hassanain Tayea