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Voice of America 14 Nov 2020

Egypt Showcases Scores of 25,000-Year-Old Coffins

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Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins on Saturday, some of which had mummies inside.

Around 40 gilded statues were also discovered in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.

Colorful, sealed sarcophagi and statues, that were buried more than 2,500 years ago, were displayed in a makeshift exhibit at the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara.

Archaeologists opened a coffin with a well-preserved mummy wrapped in cloth inside.

They also carried out public X‐rays to visualize the structures of the ancient mummy and show how the body had been mummified.

(AP)


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Archaeologists in Egypt have announced a major discovery.
More than 100 wooden coffins with well-preserved mummies, along with and some 40 gilded statues in a vast pharaonic necropolis south of the capital, Cairo.
The discovery was displayed on Saturday in a makeshift exhibit at the feet of the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, a site that was the cemetery for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis and is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is home to more than a dozen pyramids and burial sites.

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