The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced an archaeological discovery of 14 closed coffins in the Saqqara area near the Giza pyramids in western Cairo. The ministry’s statement, which the agency received a copy of on Sunday, said that, as a continuation of the excavations of the Egyptian archaeological mission in the Saqqara antiquities area, the mission managed two days ago to uncover another well containing 14 coffins, bringing the number of coffins discovered to 27 closed coffins.
The statement pointed out that the efforts of the Egyptian mission had resulted from last week in the discovery of a deep burial well, with more than 13 human coffins closed for more than 2,500 years.
According to the statement, the identity and positions of the owners of these coffins, or their total number, have not yet been determined, and more will likely be found. A press conference will be held in the Saqqara antiquities area, to announce the details of the discovery as soon as the excavation work, which is still ongoing, is completed.
Egypt is constantly striving to promote its distinguished Pharaonic heritage to revive the tourism sector, one of the main sources of foreign exchange in the country, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which restricted travel around the world.
In April, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi directed to postpone the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Museum of Egyptian Civilization until next year due to the spread of the Coronavirus.
It was scheduled to open this museum to the public in the last quarter of this year.