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Old Pyramids Hold New Surprises
News Bytes 09/23/2020 7 Comments

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo. The sarcophagi have been sealed since being buried more than 2,500 years ago. Tourism officials hope the discovery spurs new interest in old artifacts.

The location of the discovery is the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, says Neveine el-Arif, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. She says researchers found 13 coffins earlier this month in a newly discovered 36-foot well. They found 14 others last week in another well.

The Saqqara plateau once held at least 11 pyramids, including the Step Pyramid, along with hundreds of other tombs. The time periods of the pyramids range from 2920 B.C. to A.D. 642.

Images of the latest finds reveal colorful sarcophagi (coffins) decorated with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics as well as other artifacts found in the two wells.

Scientists are still working to determine the origins of the coffins, el-Arif says. She adds that more details and “secrets” will likely be announced next month.

Last year, archaeologists found hundreds of mummified animals, birds, and crocodiles, as well as two mummified lion cubs at Saqqara. The Saqqara plateau is part of the necropolis of Egypt’s ancient city of Memphis. It is also the locale of the famed Giza Pyramids.

Today, further digs were underway in the Egyptian necropolis (graveyard near a city). The ministry expects even more coffins to be found.

In October 2019, archaeologists unearthed what turned out to be as many as 30 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor. (See “Egypt Finds 20 Coffins.”) The coffins now reside at the Grand Egyptian Museum, near the Giza Pyramids.

In recent years, Egypt has been promoting new archaeological finds in an effort to revive tourism. But years of violence, political unrest—and now the global coronavirus pandemic—have proven difficult to overcome.

(One of more than two dozen ancient coffins unearthed near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via AP)

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Wow, they've unearthed a lot

Wow, they've unearthed a lot of stuff in the past few years, good for them! I hope it revives tourism, but I'm sure nobody feels that good about traveling to a place so far away right now, especially in a country that has "political unrest"

2nd Comment

That's cool that they found some more. I thought it was interesting that they were in a well. Unless that meant some sort of part in the pyramid.

3rd comment! P.S. This is Caro

This sounds cool! They way mummys are made though, is weird!

SO COOL!!!

I love ancient history, and Ancient Egypt is favorite! I didn't know people were still actively excavating things! I wish to visit the museum sometime but as Carys M said, "political unrest" doesn't make it sound too appealing at the moment. Maybe they'll stop the unrest so they can have tourism!

Cool! I would NOT like to be

Cool! I would NOT like to be one of the priests that mummified a body. Bleaugh.

This is super cool

This is cool, but dangerous at the same time. Why? Because those coffins could be carrying diseases that you could catch. But at the same time I think it is super cool that they found so many ancient coffins. I love learning about ancient Egypt, Rome, China, and Mexico. I wouldn’t choose to be an archeologist for a career, because of the chance of dyeing. My main focus in life is to tell as many people about Jesus Christ as possible.

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