A huge haul of about 30 wooden coffins from ancient Egypt were discovered by archaeologists in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor in what is being called the “biggest such find in over a century”. The coffins that were well-preserved and are believed by Egyptian Archaeologists to be 3000 years old.
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According to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, the discovery is the largest trove they have found in more than 100 years. The Ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the River Nile, against the backdrop of the Hatshepsut Temple. The coffins are ornately decorated, with men, women and children three ft underground, stacked in two-row, believed to be family members of the high Priests.
Even though no statement has been made on which period the coffins may date back to, the relics are rumoured to date back to 10th century BCE under the rule of the 22nd Pharaonic dynasty.
Egyptian Archaeologists Discover 30 Ancient Coffins In Luxor
Authorities have released a series of images showing antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany inspecting the coffins on Tuesday morning alongside the Supreme Council of Antiquities’ secretary-general, Mostafa Waziri. Once the coffins are restored, it is expected that they will go on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum when it opens near the Pyramids of Giza by the end of 2020.
Archaeologists remove the cover of an ancient painted coffin discovered at Al-Asasif Necropolis in the Vally of Kings in Luxor, Egypt.
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The find comes after 30 ancient workshops and a pottery kiln were unearthed last week along with an ancient “industrial area” once used to produce decorative items, furniture and pottery for royal tombs in Luxor’s Valley of the Monkeys. The country continues to open itself to tourists and make transportation connections easier.
From the inauguration of the Sphinx International Airport in Giza to the Lifting of the UK’s ban on British flights to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt hopes to build a tourist destination that is both rich in heritage and history, but also safe and attractive to globetrotters.