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An image shows wooden sarcophagi on display during the unveiling of an ancient hoard of more than 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 km south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on November 14, 2020 – Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure of more than 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest find of this year. The sealed wooden coffins, revealed on the spot amidst fanfare, belonged to high officials from the Late Period and Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial pits at a depth of 12 meters (40 feet) in the wide necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP)

Egypt announced on Saturday the discovery of a cache of ancient coffins in a major necropolis near Cairo, the second such find in the same area this year.

Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said Egyptian archaeologists had found more than 100 sealed and intact human coffins and 40 funerary masks and statues in three pits at the Saqqara necropolis, near the famous pyramid of King Djoser. . The coffins have been closed for more than 2,500 years.

In October, Egypt announced the discovery of 59 well-preserved and colorfully decorated ancient coffins in the same area.

“Saqqara has shown only 1% of what he has.

“If we continue with our excavations, it is expected that several graves of humans and animals will be found there. It is a very rich area.

“The artifacts announced on Saturday date back to the Late Period of Ancient Egypt and the Ptolemaic era,” al-Anani told a televised press conference on the site.

According to al-Anani, the collection would be exhibited in the three main museums in Egypt, including the Great Egyptian Museum that is being built next to the pyramids of Giza.

Egypt has announced in recent years a series of archaeological discoveries in various parts of the nation in an attempt to revive its battered tourism industry, which is one of the main sources of national income.

Tourism has been hit hard since the 2011 uprising against dictator Hosny Mubarak and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. (dpa / NAN)

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