Egypt has many more ancient secrets to reveal.
Saqarra, an extensive necropolis located near the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, is the site of an extraordinary new discovery of well-preserved wood coffins, statuary and burial artifacts.
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities hosted a gathering on Saturday to unveil the extent of the Saqqara find. Greg Lewis, New Zealand’s ambassador to Egypt, shared a video of experts opening one of the coffins for the first time since it was sealed around 2,500 years ago.
The ministry first. The count is now up to 59 and there will be more. The wood coffins are in good condition with their original painted colors showing. Preliminary analysis points to the bodies belonging to priests and senior men.
The sarcophagi were found stacked over each other in several burial wells, according to a statement release by the ministry on Facebook.
“The reveal is not finished yet; we have found layers of coffins which will be announced later,” the ministry said. A video posted on Saturday gives an inside peek at the underground structure.
The coffins will be transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza for display. The museum is expected to open in 2021.
The find triggered some buzz on Twitter, causing Brendan Fraser’s name to trend. The actor is known for starring in The Mummy, a 1999 action film involving a curse and a mummy.
It seems people get weird whenever Egyptian sarcophagi enter the picture, as we saw intriggered an found inside. At least the new discoveries have been kept dry so we can avoid a repeat of that madness.