Dead Bodies Buried 2,000 Years Ago Displayed By The Egyptologist

picture taken on September 30, 2020 shows one of the sarcophaguses excavated by the Egyptian archaeological mission which resulted in the discovery of a deep burial well with more than 60 human dead bodies closed for more than 2000 years, displayed during the press conference at the Saqqara necropolis, 30kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. Khaled DESOUKI

The Archaeologists in Egypt said Saturday they had found 60 well preserved and sealed wooden dead bodies over recent weeks that were buried more than 2,000 years ago.

Opening one of the ornately decorated sarcophagi before assembled media, the team revealed mummified remains wrapped in burial cloth that bore hieroglyphic inscription in bright colors.

Dramatic find was unearthed south of Cairo in the sprawling burial ground of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis. Mostafa Waziri, said We are very happy about this discovery, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

 Since the found of the first 11 coffins was announced almost three weeks ago, many more have been discovered in shafts at depths of up to 20 meters  feet.

Unknown number of additional coffins may still lie buried there, the tourism and antiquities minister, Khaled al-Amani, said  near the 5000-year-old pyramid of Djoser.

The coffins, sealed more than 2,500 years ago, date back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt, from about the sixth or seventh century BC.

Dozens of statues were found in the area and also a bronze figurine depicting Nefertem, an ancient god of the lotus blossom.

Preliminary studies indicated the sarcophagi likely belonged to priests, prominent figures in the ancient Egyptian society of the 20th dynasty. All the coffins would be taken to the soon to be opened Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza plateau.

They would be placed opposite a hall hosting the other sealed sarcophagi for priests from the 21nd dynasty, which were found last year in the southern city of Luxor. Opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which has been delayed several times, is planned for 2021.

Museum will host thousands of artefacts, spanning multiple eras of Egyptians history, from the pre-dynastic to the Greco-Roman period.

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