Egypt has many more ancient secrets to reveal.
Archaeologists on Saturday unsealed a mummy coffin, sealed 2,500 years ago, in front of a live audience in Egypt. A video showing people waiting to get a look at the mummy has surfaced online.
Archaeologists found 59 sealed wooden sarcophagi earlier this year in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo near Memphis. The region is home to several pyramids, including the famous Giza Pyramids. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s.
The discovery was announced on Friday by Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities and Tourism, Dr. Khaled El-Enany.
‘Today I can say most of the discoveries have been made by Egyptian teams on Egyptian soil. This is something I am immensely proud of,’ El-Enany said.
He said the mission had started re-excavating the site two months ago, and uncovered a burial shaft 36 feet deep. Inside, they found 13 intact coffins.
The team continued their excavations, discovering two more shafts – 32 and 39 feet deep – also filled with coffins.
The coffins will be transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza for display