Egyptian archaeologists have found a sealed sarcophagus, in which, after opening, a mummy was found in a burial shroud in complete safety. Its age was estimated at 2, 500 years, and during all this time the bright colors on the ritual inscriptions surprisingly did not fade. The find crowns a series of 59 wooden coffins with remains found over the past week, but experts say this is just the beginning.
Due to the pandemic, the work of archaeologists had to be suspended for the entire summer, so excavations at Saqqara, a vast burial site south of Cairo, continued only with the onset of September. Sarcophagi and coffins were found in mines up to 12 m deep, which are located next to the 4700-year-old pyramid of Djoser. According to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt Khaled al-Anani, this is just the beginning - there are many signs indicating the presence of a large-scale burial here, so there will be more finds.
The remains found belong to priests and high-ranking officials of the 26th dynasty. A fair amount of figurines, artifacts and mummified sacred animals - scarab beetles, cats, snakes and birds - were found in the burial places. The most notable was the bronze statue of Nefertem, who in Ancient Egypt was considered the deity of the lotus blossom. Valuable finds, like the sarcophagi, will be on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which will open next year.