An extraordinary haul of 20 wooden coffins dating back to Ancient Egypt and pharaonic times has been revealed by archaeologists.
Archaeologists found the coffins in an ancient necropolis in Al-Assasif, an ancient cemetery on the west bank of the Nile. According to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, the coffins were discovered “as the ancient Egyptians left them.”
The Al-Asasif Cachette. Intact and sealed coffins. More details to be announced on Saturday..Keep tuned #luxor #egypt #egyptology #historyofegypt #aasif #cachette #discovery #Archaeology pic.twitter.com/4CRcpfgrvf
— Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt (@AntiquitiesOf) October 15, 2019
The site once formed part of the ancient city of Thebes, the ruins of which are found in present-day Luxor, Egypt, according to CNN.
It is also close to the site of the Valley of the Kings, where for around 500 years in Ancient Egypt, tombs were made for the most powerful in society, including pharaohs.
The intact and sealed coffins were spread out over two levels of a large tomb. The sarcophagi feature rare intact engravings and even coloration that has survived thousands of years since they were buried.
Vibrant hieroglyphics and painted figures suggest the coffins contain the remains of important people, officials said.
A press conference has been called for Saturday, Oct. 19, when further details are expected.
The announcement comes less than a week after Egyptian authorities published details of an ancient “industrial area” in Luxor’s Valley of the Monkeys, according to an official statement.
The “industrial area” once used to produce decorative items, furniture, and pottery for royal tombs. Comprised of 30 workshops and a large kiln to fire ceramics, the Ministry of Antiquities revealed.