Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

Egypt exhibits the colorful sarcophagi of Dahshur and opens two pyramids to the public near Cairo

Egypt opened to visitors two of its oldest pyramids, located about 40 kilometers south of the capital, Cairo, for the first time since 1965.

The Minister of Antiquities, Khaled el-Anany, also told reporters on Saturday that Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a collection of sarcophagi of stone, clay and wood, some of them with mummies, in the royal necropolis of Dahshur.

He said archaeologists also found funerary wooden masks along with instruments used to cut stone, dating from the late period (664-332 BC).

The area of ​​the necropolis of Dahshur houses what are considered some of the oldest pyramids, like the twisted pyramid of Sneferu and the so-called Red Pyramid.

Egypt hopes that these discoveries will stimulate tourism, which is largely driven by interest in antiquities, after the country was greatly affected by the political turmoil that followed the social upheaval of 2011.

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