What was discovered in early October in the necropolis of Saqqarah in Egypt?
Tutankhamun’s treasure, the mystery of the great pyramid, the curse of the mummy, Egypt has not finished fascinating us! At the start of October 2020, it’s Indiana Jones in search of the lost sarcophagi! It is not one but 59 sarcophagi that were discovered last Saturday, October 3 in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo. Certainly it is not a pharaoh, but sarcophagi of personalities, priests and high-ranking political leaders, and in perfect condition! Some were even opened live in front of journalists, revealing an intact mummy of more than 2,500 years!
These sarcophagi will be exhibited at the new Grand Egyptian Museum scheduled for 2021
All of these wooden sarcophagi adorned with colorful hieroglyphics were removed 12 meters deep from a well located near the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, the first pyramid of the Pharaonic era, which is 4,700 years old. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the site is home to the necropolis of the capital of ancient Egypt, Memphis. The treasure also includes many statues and figurines, and more sarcophagi in other wells should be unearthed soon, the discoveries are not over! There will surely be more than 59 when these sarcophagi are displayed in a room at the Grand Egyptian Museum, scheduled to open at the end of 2021 less than 3 km from pyramids of giza. In particular, we can admire the whole of Tutankhamun’s treasure. In the meantime, you can always find out the famous Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Egypt unveils 59 intact sarcophagi in Saqqara!