The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities announces the largest archaeological discovery during the year 2020 .. Excavation of 59 coffins in Saqqara dating back 2,600 years .. Research work continues for more coffins in the archaeological area .. and Zahi Hawass expresses his pride in the discoveries .. Pictures

Saturday ، 03 October 2020 01:27 PM

Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, unveiled the new archaeological discovery in the Saqqara antiquities area, today, by the Egyptian mission headed by Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, which is the discovery of deep burial wells in which a large number of human coffins have been closed for more than From 2,600 years ago, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, said that the number of coffins discovered that were extracted from the well of the Saqqara antiquities area exceeds 50, and there are still a large number of coffins that have not been extracted.

One of the coffins discovered

Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, opened one of the Pharaonic coffins that was discovered in the ancient Saqqara area in front of a gathering of ambassadors and media professionals. Let us inform the world by declaring a new part of our civilization. “

New discoveries

El-Enany added: Egypt is unique in its diversity, last week the ministers attended the World Tourism Day in Sharm El Sheikh on the beaches, and today we are in an archaeological area witnessing the oldest building in history, only in Egypt you can witness all types of tourism, so here we can combine safari trips and beach culture “.


Al-Anani revealed that this is the fifth discovery in the same area, including the cemetery of animals, parts of which are exhibited in the Sharm El-Sheikh Museum, and today we announce 59 coffins and an unknown number still in the ground, which has remained closed for more than 2,600 years.

Discovered coffins

Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, confirmed that the archaeological discovery in Saqqara has not ended, but rather that research work is still continuing for more coffins in the archaeological area.

The coffins are very colorful

Dr. Mustafa Waziri began the press conference to announce what he called the media “the Saqqara cache,” where he announced that there are many surprises in this discovery, which enjoys great official and media attention, as the conference witnessed the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, and Dr. Zahi Hawass, the well-known Egyptologist, And the US ambassador to Cairo, Jonathan Cohen.


The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities presented a documentary film to the ambassadors and ministers attending about the discovery process, and Dr. Al-Anani stressed the importance of this discovery, which will dazzle the world, thanking the site workers for working in difficult conditions while adhering to the precautionary measures.

Dr. Zahi Hawass

For his part, Dr. Zahi Hawass, the great Egyptologist, said: When Dr. Khaled Al-Enany invited me to visit the discovery in Saqqara, and we went to the well and opened the coffins and saw the mummy, this is an indescribable moment, and this love I see in the eyes of all the mission that was able to reach the discovery. Hawass continued, during announcing the details of the new archaeological discovery in the Saqqara region: “Today I am proud that the team that I trained in the past is the one leading the archaeological discoveries today, led by Mustafa Waziri, and this we found here in the cat cemetery, and next to it we found the cemetery of animals, and then this discovery that we see today. , Which will be one of the treasures in the Grand Egyptian Museum. “

Press conference

The “seventh day” continued with informed sources inside the Ministry of Antiquities, who confirmed that the number of coffins discovered so far exceeds the number of coffins that were discovered in Al-Asasif’s cache.

Side of Discoveries (2)

Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and have not been opened since they were buried inside the well, and the mission confirmed that these coffins are not the only ones, it is likely that more of them will be found inside the niches on the sides of the well.

Side of the discoveries

It is worth noting that, in 2019, archaeologists discovered a “Al-Asasif cache”, which includes a distinguished group of 30 colored human wooden coffins of men, women and children, in good condition of preservation, full colors and inscriptions, as they were revealed in the situation that the ancient Egyptian left them. , Closed coffins with mummies inside, grouped in a cache on two levels one above the other, the first level contained 18 coffins and the second level 12 coffins.

Special thanks to the support provided by the Seventh Day newspaper

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