Archeologists as of late uncovered many old mummy ministers without bringing a curse down on their heads — so they’ve returned and done it once more.
Egyptian authorities state they have unearthed many more mummies at an ancient necropolis in Saqqara, adding to the 59 sarcophagi they recently declared toward the beginning of October.
Every sarcophagus houses an individual’s preserved stays inside a wood case covered in ornate designs.
The initial discovery sparked plenty of jokes about ancient curses and Brendan Fraser, who featured in the Mummy films.
The new coffins were intricately decorated and buried with gilded wooden statues in three newfound entombment shafts at the site, the Egyptian government said in a statement.
Authorities didn’t state exactly how many more coffins they’ve found since the initial announcement, however the number is said to be more than 80.
“We will announce the details of this disclosure very soon,” said Khalid el-Anany, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly paid a visit to the historic site in Saqqara on Monday, where he was given a personal tour of the recently-excavated mummy mother lode. El-Anany and Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, joined the PM for the tour and photo op.
Waziri and el-Anany were also on hand earlier this month when archeologists cracked open one of the coffins in front of a live audience.
Saqqara, which lies around 32 kilometers south of Cairo, has become a problem area for archeological discoveries in 2020.
The necropolis once served as a major burial ground for priests and statesmen who lived in Memphis, the seat of the old pharaohs’ capacity, exactly 2,500 years back. The destroyed city additionally incorporates the popular Giza Pyramids, as well as several smaller pyramids.
The bodies are thought to have been mummified during Egypt’s 26th line, which stretched from 664 to 525 BCE.
It’s unclear exactly how many bodies remain buried at Saqqara, but their coffins are expected to fuel Egypt’s tourism ambitions in the near future.
Authorities have already announced plans to house the first batch of coffins at the Grand Egyptian Museum, a mega-museum that is currently under construction in Giza. It’s slated to become the largest museum dedicated to a single civilization in the world, and the Saqqara sarcophagi will help fill out its exhibits.
The Egyptian government has dedicated itself to building up its store of mummy artifacts in recent years, following quite a while of watching outsiders catch its best things for show at museums.
El-Anany had promised more discoveries after announcing the first bunch of coffins in early October.
“This is the start of a big discovery,” he said at that time. “Today isn’t the end.”
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