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50 ancient coffins discovered in the Egyptian cemetery of Saqqara | Egypt

Egypt announced the discovery of a new group of treasures in the Saqqara cemetery south of Cairo, including an ancient funerary temple.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that the “major discoveries” made by a team of archaeologists headed by Egyptologist Zahi Hawass included more than 50 coffins.

Wooden sarcophagi, dating back to the New Kingdom – between the 16th and 11th centuries BC – are found in 52 burial columns at depths of 10 to 12 meters (40 feet).

Hawass said the funerary temple of Queen Nert, the wife of King Tete, as well as three brick warehouses were found at the site.

Saqqara, home to more than a dozen pyramids, ancient monasteries and animal burial sites, was a vast cemetery in the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis that has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In November, Egypt announced a discovery More than 100 intact coffins, In the biggest discovery of its kind this year.

A mummy dating back to the New Kingdom was found in the mortuary temple of Queen Nert.
A mummy dating back to the New Kingdom was found in the mortuary temple of Queen Nert. Photograph: Mohamed Hossam / EPA

The sealed wooden caskets, which were unveiled alongside statues of ancient gods, date back more than 2,500 years and date to high officials of the Late Period and Ptolemaic period in ancient Egypt. The Minister of Antiquities and Tourism, Khaled Al-Anani, at the time, expected that “Saqqara has not yet revealed all of its contents.”

Hawass said that the recent discoveries could shed new light on the history of Saqqara during the era of the modern state. The discovery was made near the pyramid where King Tete, the first pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty of the ancient kingdom, was buried.

Egypt hopes the archaeological discoveries will stimulate tourism, a sector that has experienced multiple shocks The 2011 uprisings The ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Later this year, after several delays, authorities hope to open a new museum – The The Grand Egyptian Museum In the Giza plateau.

There has been a series of excavations in recent years at Saqqara, home to the step pyramid DjoserOne of the oldest buildings in ancient Egypt.

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