Cairo: Archeologists Uncover 27 Coffins Buried For 2,500 Years In Egypt

Archaeologists uncovered a total of 27 sarcophagi that were buried deep in a well in Cairo, Egypt.

The latest discovery is considered one of the largest discoveries in the history of Egypt.

For a number of weeks, archaeologists have been working at a sacred site in Saqqara, south of Cairo, the capital.

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Saturday, 19 September 2020

Experts found a burial shaft in a tomb complex home to thousands of coffins.

Earlier this month, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt revealed that researchers found 13 sealed coffins.

Thanks to continued efforts, experts ended up getting 14 more coffins.

Saqqara is believed to have previously served as the necropolis for Memphis, which was once the capital of Egypt in ancient times.

It was an active burial ground for over 3,000 years and home to the colossal, rectangular-based Step Pyramid of Djoser.

The place is currently a World Heritage Site with UNESCO.

The newly discovered coffins are believed to have been placed in the ground 2,500 years ago.

Images that got shared by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities show they have been incredibly well preserved.

Intricate paintings are visible on the wood surface of the coffins that were recently found.

On September 19, 2020, the Egypt’s antiquities ministry said that the coffins that were found are completely closed.

Preliminary studies suggest that the coffins haven’t been opened since they were buried.

The burial shaft was found 36 feet below the ground.

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani will be visiting the site.

This is currently the largest find of ancient sarcophagi since the 19th century.

Experts that are working on the site believe that the 27 coffins that they found there are not the only ones that are present in the shaft.

It is likely that they can still find more in the sides of the well.

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