A collage showing two discoveries recently made by archeologists at Saqqara. Image Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to Announce Major Discovery at Saqqara

A major archaeological discovery has been announced by Egypt at Saqqara.

According to a statement of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via their official Facebook page, archeologists have made another important discovery, and the find will officially be presented to the world in the becoming days.

According to recent reports, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will reveal what is being dubbed “the greatest archaeological discovery of 2020” in the coming days, at a press conference that will take place in Saqqara, a site of the necropolis where several dozen intact coffins have been unearthed in recent months.

Saqqara is home to various ancient sites among which the first Egyptian pyramid stands out. However, Saqqara is also home to numerous other ancient structures that played an important role in the development of the Egyptian civilization, with monuments there dating back to the very unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.

The most important, central monument at Saqqara is the pyramid complex of Djoser, a history-changing monument thought to have been built during the Third Dynasty reign of King Djoser. The Step Pyramid of Djoser and its pyramid complex is considered the earliest example of a large-scale stone monument in Egypt, and the first pyramid ever built in Egypt.

Saqqara is also home to the Serapeum, a massive underground labyrinth home to extremely well-polished sarcophagi, many of which weigh over one hundred tons, believed to have once housed the remains of the sacred Api Bulls.

Now, archaeologists participating in the survey of Saqqara have made progress in discovering new sites that have remained lost and hidden for millennia. According to the little information that has been disclosed so far, the excavations of the Egyptian archeological mission currently working in Saqqara have resulted in the discovery of more than one hundred coffins that are extremely well preserved and are thought to belong to high officials and priests of the XXVI Dynasty.

“The excavations of the Egyptian archaeological mission operating in the Saqqara resulted in the discovery of new shafts with a huge number of colored human coffins buried inside, exceeding the number of coffins that were discovered and announced in early October,” the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities revealed in a Facebook post.

“The shafts have been closed for more than 2,500 years. A number of gold artifacts were also found, including wooden statues and colored and gilded masks,” the statement explains.

With the upcoming revelation, archeologists are proving that Saqqara is a treasure trove of history and that many more incredible discoveries wait to be made. Evidence of that are the recent discoveries made in the region. As explained by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the latest discovery made by experts were 59 beautifully colored sarcophagi inside of which well-preserved mummies were discovered.

The 59 recently uncovered sarcophagi—and their irrespective mummies—date back to the 26 dynasty of Egypt, which is why we can assume that the upcoming discovery, if made in the same location, probably will result in similar artifacts of similar age.

Source: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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