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The finds were made at a depth of 11 meters in a funerary shaft in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo.
A team of archaeologists recently found at the Saqqara necropolis in Egypt at least13 wooden sarcophagi in perfect condition dating back 2,500 years and remain completely sealed.
The findings were made in a burial pit 11 meters deep, where they were stacked on top of each other, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reported on its Facebook account last Sunday. The authorities stressed that the coffins are so well preserved that even some of the colors with which the wood was painted are intact.
Preliminary studies revealed that the sarcophagi probablyremain sealed since they were buried. In addition, investigators discovered three sealed niches inside the well, indicating that there are likely more coffins to be excavated, Antiquities Minister Dr. Khaled al Anani said.
The authorities pointed out that the identity of the buried people is still unknown, but they assured that as theythe works continue, this information is expected to be discovered soon, as well as the total number of sarcophagi in the pit.
Saqqara, located south of Cairo, is considered to have served as the main necropolis for the city of Memphis, which was the capital of ancient Egypt. In the place, burials were made over 3,000 years, so it has become a site of great archaeological interest.
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