Egypt Discovers Another 2,500 Years old Tomb Holding At Least 200 Mummies.
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Authorities has announced, at least 100 ancient coffins and 40 gilded statues have been discovered it a huge burial site south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. It’s expected there could be 100 mummies.
These new discoveries could possibly be 2,500 years old, contained mummies wrapped in cloth.
These new finds date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt from around 320BC to 30BC and from the Late Period, between 664 and 332BC. These finds will be displayed in a makeshift exhibit at the feet of the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara.
Khaled el-Anany, Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minister said these discoveries would be moved to three Cairo museums including the new Grand Egyptian Museum that Egypt is building near the famed Giza Pyramids. He said they would announce another discovery at the Saqqara necropolis later this year.
The discovery at the famed necropolis is the latest in a series of archaeological finds in Egypt. Authorities revealed at least 140 sealed mummies inside most of them, in the same area of Saqqara.
Egyptian archaeologists found another “hall full of coffins well preserved and well-decorated”.
The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis at Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis that includes the famed Giza Pyramids, as well as smaller pyramids. The ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1970s.
Egypt frequently touts its archaeological discoveries in hopes of spurring a vital tourism industry that has been reeling from the political turmoil following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The sector was also dealt a further blow this year by the coronavirus pandemic.