Published: Sat, October 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Twenty intact sarcophagi discovered in Egypt

Twenty intact sarcophagi discovered in Egypt

The Egypt Antiquities Ministry described the discovery as one of the "biggest and most important" discoveries in recent years.

That means the coffins are thought to be an incredible 3,000 years old, which is impressive considering the coffins still bear the colourful and detailed decorations "just as the ancient Egyptians left them".

The ancient Egyptian wooden patterned coffins were discovered at Asasif, which is an ancient necropolis, located on the west bank of the River Nile.

According to one media report numerous tombs at Asasif date back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt which spanned from 664 to 332BC.

For now, officials have only released a limited amount of information - along with the awesome photos of the coffins - but further details on the haul are expected to be revealed at a news conference on Saturday. Last week, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient "industrial" zone in the Valley of the Monkeys, a sprawling site neighboring the famed Valley of the Kings.

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Most of the coffins that were found were in a excellent state of preservation.

The area included houses for storage and the cleaning of furniture with many potteries dating back to the 18th Century Dynasty, the statement read. Each shop had a different purpose-for example, producing pottery or gold artifacts-but all were assigned to the general task of creating funerary goods for Egyptian nobles and wealthy individuals.

The team discovered inlay beads, silver rings and golden foil - items that were commonly used to decorate the wooden coffins of Egypt's ancient royalty. Per Ahram Online's Nevine El-Aref, the tomb, called KV 65, boasts tools used during its construction.

The coffins were spread out over two levels of a large tomb. Archaeologists are hoping to find still-undiscovered royal crypts, including the final resting places of Queen Nefertiti, Tut's widow Ankhsenamun, Amenhotep I, Thutmose II and Ramses VIII.

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