Following the announcement in early October 2020 of the discovery of 59 brightly painted wooden sarcophagi in a burial pit in the Saqqara necropolis (a finding that added to the discovery in September of 13 sarcophagi in the same site ), the Egyptian authorities They have announced another spectacular discovery: nothing more and nothing less than 88 new intact sarcophagi from three burial pits that have just been located in the area. In the official statement , the Egyptian authorities report that a “large collection of colored and sealed sarcophagi from more than 2,500 years ago” has been located.
EXCELLENT STATE OF CONSERVATION
The Prime Minister of Egypt, Mustafa Madbuli, together with the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al Anani and the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri, have visited the site of the discovery. Waziri, for his part, has stated that the state of conservation of the approximately 88 newly discovered sarcophagi “is even better than that of the first ones”. All of them have been dated to the Late Period, specifically to the XXVI dynasty (664-525 BC), the last autochthonous dynasty before the Persian conquest of Egypt. Along with all these coffins, several wooden statuettes have also been found that still retain their original colors and are decorated with gold leaf.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the details of this new discovery will be revealed in the coming weeks at a press conference that will take place at the Saqqara site. But first, the pieces will be thoroughly documented and photographed by experts for their study, restoration and subsequent exhibition in the new Great Egyptian Museum in Cairo.