A complete of 27 sarcophagi buried greater than 2,500 years in the past have been unearthed by archaeologists in an historic Egyptian necropolis.
They have been discovered inside a newly-discovered effectively at a sacred website in Saqqara, south of the capital, Cairo.
13 coffins have been found earlier this month, however an extra 14 have adopted, officers say.
The invention is now stated by consultants to be one of many largest of its variety.
Photos launched present colourfully painted well-preserved wood coffins and different smaller artefacts.
Saqqara was an lively burial floor for greater than 3,000 years and is a chosen Unesco World Heritage Website.
“Preliminary research point out that these coffins are fully closed and have not been opened since they have been buried,” Egypt’s antiquities ministry stated in a press release on Saturday.
‘Extra secrets and techniques’
The assertion provides that Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani initially delayed asserting the discover till he may go to the positioning himself, the place he thanked workers for working in troublesome situations down the 11m-deep (36ft) effectively.
Excavation work is constant on the website as consultants try to ascertain extra particulars on the origins of the coffins.
The ministry stated it hoped to disclose “extra secrets and techniques” at a press convention within the coming days.
Different artefacts found across the wood coffins additionally gave the impression to be well-crafted and colourfully adorned.
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In November, a big cache of mummified animals found in 2018 by archaeologists close to the Step Pyramid of Saqqara have been exhibited to the general public for the primary time.
The invention included mummified cats, crocodiles, cobras and birds.
Saqqara, situated round 30km (18 miles) south of Cairo, is an historic burial floor that served because the necropolis for Memphis, the capital of historic Egypt, for greater than two millennia.
In recent times, Egypt has ramped up its promotion of its archaeological finds in a bid to revive its important however flagging tourism business.