Colourful coffins of Saqqara among the 10 most important archaeological discoveries of 2020

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Sat, 12 Dec 2020 - 12:55 GMT

File: Archaeology magazine cover.

File: Archaeology magazine cover.

 

 
 
 CAIRO - 12 December 2020: For the third year in a row, the discoveries of​​ Saqqara archaeological site is on the list of the top 10 most important discoveries of the year, according to the American “Archaeology” Magazine.
 
 
 The colorful Saqqara coffins, which were discovered and announced by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in mid-November, are among the top 10 most important archaeological discoveries for the year 2020.  
 
They  are classified among the most attractive discoveries this year, and a picture of one of these coffins is placed on the cover of the magazine for the January-February 2021 edition.
 
 Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the archaeological mission that made this archeological discovery, that was announced during an international press conference at Saqqara necropolis, said that the mission succeeded in uncovering more than 100 colored wooden and sealed coffins containing mummies in good condition of preservation and that they are almost  2,500 years old.
 
He added, that the coffins were found on top of each other , and 40 statues of the Saqqara god Ptah-Sukkar- and a bronze statue of Nefertum were also discovered.
 
 He indicated that the coffins were found in 3 burial shafts and that they belonged to senior statesmen, officials and priests of the temple of the goddess Bastet in the 26th Dynasty.
 
 In 2019   “Archaeology” Magazine, chose the tomb of “Khoy” in Saqqara as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the year.
 
In 2018 the mummification workshop also discovered in Saqqara was among the top 10 most important  discoveries of the year.
 
Photos of both discoveries were on the cover of the magazine for the two consecutive years.
 Saqqara archeological site is still full  secrets that are yet to be revealed.

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