Sun, 04 Oct 2020 - 02:30 GMT
Part of the coffins recently discovered in Saqqara, Egypt - photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities
CAIRO – 4 October 2020: Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri said that in 2019/2020 a historical archaeological discovery was made in western Luxor; thus, the discovery recently announced is not the first this year.
He added that most of the coffins were carved from stones, but these coffins were made of wood, making this a distinguished discovery.
During a phone call to one of the programs aired on Al-Hayat TV, Waziri stated that during the search last Wednesday, a wall was obstructing the excavation works, which led the workers to break it, and through the part that was broken, a large number of coffins were discovered.
“Until now, I do not know how many coffins are inside the new well, but the number may reach 100 or more. We will continue to search and excavate until we cover the rest of the well, and the exact number will be announced in the coming weeks,”said Waziri, noting that 28 of the most beautiful wooden statues have been discovered, all in good condition, in addition to a group of different gems.
He pointed out that during the discovery, a wonderful statue made of bronze and inlaid with precious stones was unearthed. The statue dates back to the 26th Dynasty.