Egypt has unveiled a major new archaeological discovery on the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, together with 54 wood coffins, a lot of which will be traced again 3000 years to the New Kingdom interval.
The funerary temple of Queen Neit was additionally found close to the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt’s sixth dynasty which dates again 4200 years, stated famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who headed the archaeological mission.
The coffins, or sarcophagi, embody the primary courting again to the New Kingdom to be discovered at Saqqara, a UNESCO world heritage website that’s dwelling to the Step Pyramid, the tourism and antiquities ministry stated in an announcement. Carved in human kind and painted in vibrant colors, a lot of them are nonetheless intact. Historical video games, statues, and masks had been additionally discovered.
“All these discoveries will rewrite the historical past of Saqqara and the New Kingdom,” stated Hawass.
Officers are eager to indicate off newly found artefacts asthey attempt to revive customer numbers after the tourism business obtained a painful blow in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. The variety of vacationers visiting the nation dropped to three.5 million final 12 months from 13.1 million in 2019.