Egypt’s cultural heritage has been damaged over the years by looting and unauthorized excavations of historical cemeteries,media CNET reported. That’s why the discovery of a complete batch of wooden coffins in a burial well in Saqqara is exciting. Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the discovery on social media over the weekend. Segarra is a huge mass grave next to the ancient city of Memphis.
Archaeologists have found more than 13 wooden coffins, most of which appear to have been sealed for more than 2,500 years, suggesting they were lucky enough to escape the robbery, the department said. Khaled El-Enany, Egypt’s minister of tourism and antiquities, shared a video of the discovery. “It’s an indescribable feeling when you see a new archaeological discovery,” he wrote on Twitter.
The video doesn’t reveal much, but the minister says early discoveries are just the beginning of something bigger. The ministry plans to release a series of promotional videos detailing the burial site.
Archaeological teams will try to excavate more artifacts and try to determine the people inside the coffins and their place in ancient Egyptian society.