Egypt digs up 2,500 years old coffins, no known owners

Egypt digs up 2,500 years old coffins, no known owners

- Egypt has unearthed coffins which were buried 2,500 years ago and sealed for many centuries

- Though their owners are still unknown, the coffins had inscriptions on them

- According to a government authority, it is the biggest discovery since 2019

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On Sunday, September 6, Egypt said that it discovered a collection of more than 13 sealed coffins which all date back to 2,500 years ago.

A statement by the country’s ministry of tourism and antiquities said the coffins were found at a site in Saqqara necropolis in Giza, How Africa reports.

It added that they were taken out from inside an 11-meter-deep shaft. Khaled al-Anany, the minister, was at the site as he examined the excavation work.

“The discovery marks the largest number of coffins found in one burial place since the discovery of the Asasif Cachette,” he said.

It should be noted that the mentioned Asasif was discovered in October 2019 at a cemetery in Upper Egypt’s Luxor Province.

A collage showing some of the excavated coffins. Photo source: HowAfrica
A collage showing some of the excavated coffins. Photo source: HowAfrica
Source: UGC

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Court of Antiquities, said that the new discoveries had inscriptions on them and they were in good condition despite how old they are.

He added that the exact number of coffins are yet unknown. He, however, said that such information will be clear in the coming days.

Studies by the ministry said that the coffins have not been opened since they were buried in the shaft.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that some Israeli youths on Tuesday, August 18, dug up hundreds of gold coins that were buried in a clay vessel for more than a thousand years.

It was gathered that the Israel Antiquities Authority confirmed that volunteering teenagers at an excavation discovered them at a site where a new neighbourhood was about to be built.

“The person who buried this treasure 1,100 years ago must have expected to retrieve it and even secured the vessel with a nail so that it would not move. We can only guess what prevented him from returning to collect this treasure,” Liat Nadav-Ziv, the excavation director said.

As at the time of writing this report, nobody knows the owner of the treasure as Oz Cohen, one of the volunteers, said that the discovery was really amazing.

“I dug in the ground and when I excavated the soil, saw what looked like very thin leaves. When I looked again I saw these were gold coins. It was really exciting to find such a special and ancient treasure,” he said.

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