Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 29 September 2020

Egypt discovers 13 mummies believed to be 2,500 years old

The discovery comes a week after the country reopened its archaeological sites

Egyptian authorities have discovered a collection of more than a dozen coffins believe to hold human mummies that are more than two millennia old.

The 13 chambers were uncovered piled up in a well in Saqqara, an ancient site located around 20 miles south of Cairo, Egypt's capital, according to Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

After being found almost 40 feet deep underground, archaeologists said the chambers were protected from weathering, leaving original details visible on the coffins' exteriors.

Khaled El Enany, Egypt's minister of tourism and antiquities, said it was "an indescribable feeling when you witness a new archaeological discovery" in a Twitter post.

In a Facebook video, one of the archaeologists says it is a unique find. "I have never seen this before," he says.

Egypt only last week opened its archaeological sites and museums after months of closures because of the coronavirus pandemic. Such finds are not only crucial to Egypt's heritage but also its economy.

Archaeologists also found four caskets holding mummies in Saqqara earlier this year.

Updated: September 14, 2020 01:23 PM

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