27 Ancient Coffins Unearthed Buried For 2,500 Years In Egypt Could Be Largest Discovery Ever
Sammy BrownPublished on
Scientists recently discovered a total of 27 sarcophagi that were buried 2,500 years ago in Egypt in what is believed to be the largest archaeological haul of its kind.
Egypt’s Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri Inspects One Of The Coffins
This incredible discovery was made inside a newly-discovered well at a sacred UNESCO site in Saqqara, south of the capital, Cairo.
The sarcophagi Have Been Buried Underground For 2,500 Years.
Initially 13 sarcophagi were discovered earlier this month, but further archeological efforts have uncovered an extra 14, Egyptian officials report.
The Archeological Haul Of 27 Sarcophagi Is Said To be The Largest In History
A statement released by Egypt’s Antiquity Ministry said: ‘Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and haven’t been opened since they were buried.’
The find has been hailed by experts as the largest of its kind and the ministry added that they hoped to reveal ‘more secrets’ about the discovery soon.
Images released show colorfully painted well-preserved wooden coffins. Alongside the wooden sarcophagi, smaller statues and artifacts were also discovered by the archaeological team.
Alongside The Wooden Sarcophagi, Smaller Statues and Artefacts Were Also Discovered
The statement further reveals that the discovery was made earlier on but the ministry delayed announcing the news until Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani could visit the dig site in person to inspect the sarcophagi.
The sarcophagi were discovered by a team digging 36ft down and experts continue to examine it further to try and determine it’s exact history.
Saqqara was an active burial ground for more than 3,000 years and is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site