Archaeological Finds 2020: Over 100 Ancient Sarcophagi

Egyptian antiquities officials have announced the discovery of almost 100 ancient sealed sarcophagi, which were buried more than 2,500 years ago in the Pharaonic necropolis and around 40 golden statues in south Cairo.

Archaeologists discovered a well-preserved mummy wrapped in cloth – which they later X-rayed to find out how the body had been conserved.

Tourism and antiquities minister Khaled el-Anany said the items date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for 300 years – from around 320BC to around 30BC and the Late Period (664-332BC).

Since September, antiquities experts have found around 140 sealed sarcophagi, featuring mummies inside almost all of them.

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