Recently, Egypt’s antiquities ministry released a statement about the discovery of 14 sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis. The findings had been buried for 2,500 years.
The sarcophagi were discovered during an archaeological dig at the burial spot where even more wooden coffins had been found last week. Here is what you need to know.
Ancient Coffins Are Now Examined
The Saqqara necropolis, part of Memphis’s ancient city, is situated approximately 16 kilometers south of the famous Giza pyramids. It also hosts the enormous step Pyramid of Djoser.
Pictures of the well-preserved wooden sarcophagi show intriguing and ornate paintings, with blue and brown lines, and hieroglyphic pictorials.
Egypt’s antiquities ministry said that more excavations had been scheduled, with the expectation that another pile of wooden sarcophagi would be discovered at the site.
In a recent video announcing the findings, Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani stated that the discoveries at Saqqara were only “the beginning.”
Egypt has tried to promote archaeological findings across the country to revive tourism, which took a massive hit from travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For instance, in July, the authorities reopened the Giza pyramids and other well-known archaeological sites to the public after a three-month break and waived tourist visa fees to attract visitors.
The country is also expected to unveil the Grand Egyptian Museum soon. The tourism, affected by years of political turmoil and terror attacks, had succeeded in luring approximately 13.6 million visitors last year. The museum could bring more better results.
The Grand Egyptian Museum
The Grand Egyptian Museum, known as the Giza Museum as well, is an archaeological museum currently under construction in Giza. The museum will be the most significant archaeological museum globally, and it will have artifacts of ancient Egypt, including the complete Tutankhamun collection. The best part is that the museum will also display many new pieces for the first time.
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