Details of 30 ancient coffins found in Luxor revealed

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2019

The colored sarcophaguses discovered in the cemetery of Assasif, west of Luxor belong to senior statesmen and middle class individuals in the 18th, 25th and 26th ancient Egyptian dynasties.

He says the coffins were for men, women and children from the 22nd dynasty (945-715 BC), and had been collected and hidden by a priest for fear of being looted.

A sealed coffin belonging to a young ancient Egyptian child was incomplete and unpainted.

Archaeologists opened the coffins of a man and a woman, both wrapped in cloth.

The gender of the mummies was established by the form of their fingers, as males have been laid to relaxation with closed palms, whereas girls had them opened.

Excavation workforce chief Mostafa Waziri mentioned he was proud that the invention of the sarcophagi was made by "Egyptian fingers", in contrast to many different vital finds within the nation that have been made by worldwide archeologists.

Waziri clarified that excavations of the website from the 19th century had disclosed royal tombs, but this newest discovery had afforded a selection of priests' burials.

The coffins have detailed inscriptions and paintings.

It is the first cache of coffins to be discovered by an Egyptian mission, after years of foreign-led archeological digs.

Archaeologists in Egypt just unearthed 30 ancient wooden coffins and opened them to reveal perfectly preserved mummies inside. "They're regarded to be in fantastic condition because there were barely any obligations" around the website, neighborhood antiquities ministry restorer Saleh Abdel-Galil told AFP.

"It is an important discovery and the excavation works did not end yet", the minister said, adding that the coffins will be moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum which will open its doors by the end of 2020. The museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is meant to showcase Egypt's ancient treasures while drawing tourists to help fund its future development. "And that's really very interesting to know why they were buried in a cliff", El-Anany told reporters.

Egypt has sought to market its archaeological heritage and locates in an attempt to revive its tourism industry, which has endured because of political insecurity and terror strikes.

Earlier this month, Egypt unveiled two archaeological discoveries in Luxor, including an industrial zone at the city's West Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monkeys.

However, critics point to archaeological sites and museums suffering from negligence and poor management.

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