13 mysterious mummified coffins from 500BCE found in Egypt
Archeologists have unearthed 13 wooden coffins dating back to 500BCD, in the deserts of Saqqara in Egypt.
What is strange about these mummified remains however, is how well intact they are. They have been sealed underground for more than 2,500 years and according to scientists they are in pristine condition.
The coffins were so well preserved, that the colours painted on the side of the wooden sarcophaguses were still visible.
According to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the coffins were spotted in a burial shaft 11-metres under the ground, stacked on top of each other. It is thought that there are more coffins still to be found in the shaft.
Saqqara in Egypt is thought to be the necropolis for Memphis, which was once the capital of ancient Egypt. It served as burial grounds for 3,000 years – which is why it has become such a site of archaeological interest.
So far, archaeologists have found grave goods, mummified animals and richly appointed tombs of high-ranking nobility and officials.
What has archaeologists studying the site puzzled, is exactly how well these remains have stood the test of time. Given that coffins are made of wood, most eventually rot through which leaves their inhabitants exposed to the elements.
It is thought this new find – as well as any potential coffins as the dig continues – will shed new light on the burial traditions of ancient Egypt. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities says it will be releasing more news on the find as and when it comes in.
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