Egyptian archaeologists unearth 59 coffins buried 2,600 years ago

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Cairo –    announced the discovery of a large collection of intact and well-preserved coffins at a major necropolis near Cairo date back 2,600 years.
and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said Egyptian archaeologists found three shafts containing 59 sealed sarcophagi at the Saqqara necropolis near the famed pyramid of King Djoser.

have witnessed the opening of one of the coffins … the mummy seems as if was mummified yesterday,” al-Anani said on .


He added there were other layers of coffins at the necropolis would be unearthed.

The discovered coffins are in very good condition and retain their original colours, the minister stated.

He said they belonged a group of priests and ancient ’s Late Period.

Scores of statuettes, including a bronze one for god Nefertum, and amulets were also dug up at the site.

According the minister, the collection will be put on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, being built next the Giza Pyramids, together with three other 3,500-year- wooden coffins unearthed al-Asasif necropolis in the southern city of Luxor.

has in recent years stepped up the search for ancient artefacts in an attempt revive its battered industry, which is a main source of income.

has been hard hit since the 2011 uprising against long-time dictator Hosny Mubarak. (dpa/NAN)