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Al Jazeera 15 Nov 2020

Egypt unveils scores of ancient coffins, statues found in Saqqara


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.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Chappelle reports.

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.

A team of Polish divers say they found the wreckage of German World War II steamer Karlsruhe, which was bombed by Soviet planes and sunk in 1945, killing hundreds on board. The Baltictech team say the wreckage rests 290 feet under the sea.
Archaeologists digging in the ruins of Pompeii recently found the ancient remains of two men, captured at the moment of their deaths. The bodies were found in the staircase of a villa. Scientists made casts of the skeletons, to help get a better picture of who these people were. Researchers think one of the bodies belonged to a wealthy man in his 30s or 40s, and that the other remains were those of a younger man, 18 to 25, who may have been a servant or enslaved person.
The remains of young women are among 59 bodies found in a hidden grave in central Mexico.
It is the latest discovery as police and security forces struggle to contain violence that has led to a record number of murders, many linked to drug gangs.
Al Jazeera's Katia Lopez-Hodoyan reports.

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