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Egypt Reveals 59 Ancient Coffins In The Recent Archaeological Finding

On Saturday, Egypt showed scores of coffins belonging to 26th dynasty priests and clerks almost 2,500 years ago, with archaeologists claiming tens more were discovered only days ago in the massive Saqqara necropolis.
In August, the 59 coffins were discovered at the UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Cairo, buried in three 10-12 meter shafts along with 28 statues of one of the most prominent funeral deities, the ancient Egyptian god Seker.
They belonged to 26th dynasty priests and clerks, said Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.
Since 2018, the Egyptian archaeological mission behind the discovery has been successful and has previously unveiled a cache of mummified animals and a well-preserved tomb in the area of a royal priest of the fifth dynasty named ‘Wahtye.’
The team had uncovered the three shafts where the coffins were laid in ‘perfect condition’ because of a protective seal that preserved them from chemical reactions, Waziri explained.
Before their eventual exhibition at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is scheduled to open next year, the project will continue to open the coffins and study their contents.


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