The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced this sunday that a team of archaeologists has found 14 sarcophagi buried in a tomb near Saqqara, a necropolis located 40 kilometers southwest of Cairo. The remains, located in a burial pit about eleven meters deep, were buried about 2,500 years ago and have been discovered after two explorations carried out this month.
The first inspection resulted in the extraction of 13 sarcophagi which, together with the discovery of another 14 on September 20, brings the total of coffins to 27, according to National Geographic.
Khaled El-Enany, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities has assured on Twitter that it is a “very exciting discovery” and that it is “only the beginning”.
Sarcophagi sealed and in good condition
Most of the sarcophagi appear to be sealed and in a correct state of preservation that still allows us to observe the patterns of the coffin, as well as its original colors.
In addition to the boxes, a series of small items have been found that suggest that the funeral shaft still contains salvageable items.
In April of this year, the Ministry communicated that the excavations had managed to extract several sarcophagi of limestone and some of wood that still had mummies inside, as reported by the BBC. This was the starting gun for an archaeological operation that confirmed this Sunday that, deep within the necropolis, remains of previous civilizations are still found.
Authorities have suggested that more coffins and artifacts were likely buried in the same location, although it is not yet clear how many more sarcophagi can be found in the shaft, or what remains they contain.
Archaeologists wait give more answers during the excavation process, according to Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.