(ORDO NEWS) — On January 16, Egyptian authorities announced that 50 wooden sarcophagi were found in the country in Saqqara, which is located south of Cairo.
The sarcophagi were buried in burial shafts at a depth of ten meters. Some research has shown that the burials date back to the time of the New Kingdom, when Ancient Egypt was flourishing (16-11 centuries BC).
Saqqara is the city of the dead. There are more than a dozen pyramids and various temples on the territory, where not only people, but also sacred animals are buried. Saqqara is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In November last year, archaeologists found more than a hundred intact sarcophagi in Saqqara, which became the largest find of the past year. The coffins turned out to be several millennia old, they all belonged to high-ranking officials.
The new sarcophagi were discovered by a team of specialists led by Zaha Hawass. Discoveries not only allow you to better know the culture of the ancient world, but also attract tourists. Egypt has lost some of its revenue due to the pandemic, but plans to catch up soon.
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