The ministry sent out a promotional video earlier in the month to announce discoveries.
The Egyptian authorities announced this Sunday the discovery of fourteen sarcophagi of about 2,500 years old at bottom of a well in the Saqqara necropolis, southwest of Cairo.
This new discovery, on Friday, is added to that of 13 other sarcophagi a week ago in the same place, the Antiquities ministry said in a statement.
The site of Saqqara, located 25 km south of the pyramids of the Giza plateau, is a vast necropolis in which the famous stepped pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser, the first of the Pharaonic era, stands out in particular.
This monument, built around 2,700 BC by the architect Imhotep, is considered one of the oldest in the world.
The well-preserved sarcophagus images show brown and blue motifs, as well as numerous hieroglyphic inscriptions.
According to the authorities, “other sarcophagi should be found in other nearby pits (to the discovery site) with further excavations planned very soon. “
The ministry sent out a promotional video earlier in the month to announce discoveries. It saw the Minister of Antiquities and Tourism Khaled el Enani announce that the recent finds at Saqqara were “only the beginning.”
For years, the Egyptian authorities have been announcing archaeological discoveries quite frequently, with the aim, among others, of reviving tourism.
This very important sector for the country’s income has been greatly affected by political instability and the attacks after the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak from power, and more recently by the covid-19 pandemic.
The pyramid of Djoser was reopened to the public in March after several years of work. But the site had to be closed shortly after for visitors, like all archaeological sites in the wake of the pandemic. It was only on September 1 that the new reopening took place.
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