2,500-Year-Old Coffins Found Completely Sealed in Egypt
Over thirteen (13) human wooden coffins that have been completely sealed for more than 2,500 years have recently been found in the desert necropolis of Saqqara in Egypt. This new archaeological discovery has been made public by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt on Monday, September 7, 2020.
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt, the coffins were found in a burial shaft 11 meters or 36 feet below the ground. The said wooden coffins were found stacked above each other.
In addition, three (3) sealed niches were also found inside the burial shaft. According to Dr. Khaled Al-Annani, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, it’s likely there are more coffins in the shaft that are yet to be discovered.
Their preliminary studies indicate that the coffins are completely closed and have not been opened since they were buried inside.
Other details about the people buried within the coffins such as their identity and positions, including the total number of coffins buried in the shaft, were not yet identified. But more information is expected to be available within the next few days through the continuation of their excavations.
Meanwhile, the Ministry revealed that they are planning to release a social media promotional videos about the discovery.
شعور لا يقارن كلما تشهد كشف اثري جديد،
انتظروا الاعلان عن كشف اثري جديد بسقارة، شكرا لزملائي بالوزارة.
An indescribable feeling when you witness a new archeological discovery.
Stay tuned for the announcement of a new discovery in Saqqara
Thank you to my colleagues in the ministry pic.twitter.com/RpgK6TmREo
— Khaled El-Enany (@KhaledElEnany6) September 6, 2020
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Source: Science Alert, Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities