Archeology

Egypt reveals details of ancient coffins – biggest such find in over a century

Tourists observe sarcophagi displayed in front of Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt’s valley of the Kings in Luxor on October 19, 2019.

Discovery is the latest in a series that Cairo has sought to publicize in hopes of reviving its key tourism sector

Egypt’s antiquities authorities on Saturday revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins that were recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters the coffins, with inscriptions and paintings, were found in the Asasif Necropolis on the Nile River’s west bank near Luxor.

When discovered last week, the coffins were in two layers, with 18 coffins on top of 12 others, he said.

The coffins were for men, women and children from the 22nd dynasty (945-715 B.C.) and had been collected and hidden by a priest for fear of being looted, Waziri said. ↓SEE MORE↓

Egypt reveals details of ancient coffins – biggest such find in over a century | The Times of Israel

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