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Archaeologists Find 13 Coffins In Egyptian Burial Site That Have Been Sealed For 2,500 Years

Archaeologists Find 13 Coffins In Egyptian Burial Site That Have Been Sealed For 2,500 Years

Archaeologists have made a stunning find in an ancient Egyptian burial site.

Hidden deep in the desert necropolis of Saqqara, a large burial complex has been uncovered, containing 13 wooden coffins that haven't been opened in 2,500 years.

The site is located 30 kilometres south of Cairo and experts are praising the find because the coffins have been so well preserved.

There have been thousands of sarcophagi found inside this necropolis, however none have been fully and completely sealed in the same way. as these 13 coffins. Even some of the paint was still intact on the wooden caskets.

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Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Look, we all know that 2020 has been one hell of a year already but after watching a decent share of horror films, we should probably leave this alone just in case.

Obviously that won't happen as archaeologists will be keen to see what was inside. Grave robbing is a particularly bad problem in Egypt however, considering these coffins are still sealed, they could offer an impressive insight into the past.

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Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the coffins were found stacked on top of each other and were discovered 11 metres underground.

Khaled Al-Anani, the minister of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, wrote on Twitter: "[It's] an indescribable feeling when you witness a new archeological discovery."

Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

They're the largest find in Saqqara since last year when 30 coffins were discovered in a cache at Al-Assasif cemetery inside the necropolis.

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According to Science Alert, experts believe Saqqara served as the large cemetery for Memphis, which used to be the capital of ancient Egypt.

For 3,000 years, Egyptians would put their dead inside the massive burial site, as well as their prized possessions and their mummified animals.

They've also found not only high nobility inside the coffins in the past but also people from the middle or working class. Who knows what treasures await researchers for this new batch of 13 coffins that have been sealed for so long.

Featured Image Credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

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