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27 ancient coffins unearthed inside well at Saqqara

Archaeologists in Egypt have found 27 ancient sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago – the largest discovery of its kind.

They were discovered down an 11-metre (36ft) deep well at a sacred burial site in Saqqara, south of the capital, Cairo.

A total of 13 coffins were found earlier this month, the unearthing of a further 14 was announced by officials at the weekend.

Image: Studies indicated the coffins haven’t been opened since they were buried

Experts have said this discovery is one of the largest of its kind.

Images released by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities show the well-preserved wooden coffins which are painted colourfully, alongside other smaller artefacts.

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In a statement released at the weekend, the ministry said: “Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and haven’t been opened since they were buried.”

It continued: “More of them are likely to be found inside the well’s side where a number of archaeological hook-ups were found.”

The statement added that…

Aisha Zahid, news reporter

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