The Ministry of Egyptian Antiquities announced on Sunday the 20th of September the discovery of 14 sarcophagi perfectly preserved in the Saqqara Necropolis, dating 2,500 years ago stating that this was “only the beginning” of a series of revelations. The 14 decorated wooden coffins have been found around a sepulchral well of 2,500 years ago, 11 m deep (36 ft).
Khaled Al-Anani, Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, at the beginning of September had announced that a team of archaeologists had identified 13 well preserved ancient wooden coffins, where the original colours were intact, offering to the researchers new information about the Egyptian ancient burial traditions. The archaeologists were initially confused as they found the 13 ancient cases as “piled up one on top of the other” in a sepulchral well of approximately 11 m underground (36 ft).
The ancient royal necropolis of Saqqara is located approximately 30 km (19 miles) South from Cairo, in the prehistoric Egyptian capital of Memphis. There, under the foundation of the massive pyramid with rectangular base of Djoser lay hundreds of ancient tombs with colourful inscriptions, wide rock temples and sanctuaries.
After the initial discovery of 13 sarcophagi, further 14 ones followed
One evening, beyond 2 millenniums ago, once the 27th coffin had been lowered into the well, a group of high priests performed a ritual which ended with the seal of the sepulchral well, trapping hundreds of ancient artifacts in a time capsule. Two weeks ago, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt Mostafa Waziri, explained that this archaeological mission would have soon revealed the details of their discoveries, including the number exact of coffins, besides the identity and the spots of their occupants.
Below: the video published about the find