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Egypt Just Discovered 27 Sealed Coffins in An Ancient Cemetery That Were Buried 2,500 Years Ago

At an ancient burial ground south of Cairo, archaeologists have just uncovered 27 Egyptian coffins.

Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

The wooden sarcophagi are exquisitely painted and still bear their original hieroglyphs.

The most exciting part for Egyptologists, though, is that an initial analysis shows these caskets—thought to be more than 2,500 years old—have not been opened since they were buried.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the finds were discovered deep in burial shafts at Saqqara.

For more than 3,000 years, this vast necropolis was where Egyptians living in the ancient capital of Memphis buried their dead.

Archaeologists are currently working to determine the origins of these caskets.

More details are expected to be announced by the Ministry this month.

Further excavations are currently taking place at this vast burial ground and UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you can also expect more unveilings to be announced soon.

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Watch the Ministry’s video of the unearthing in the tweet below.

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