New sets of ancient coffins have been unearthed by Archaeologists in the vast Necropolis South of Cairo, Mr. Khaled al-Anani, the Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister has said.
Few weeks ago, it was announced by Archaeologists in Egypt, the discovery of fifty-nine well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins that were buried more than two thousand five hundred years ago.
One of the ornately decorated sarcophagi which was opened by the team before assembled media yesterday revealed mummified remains wrapped in burial cloth that bore hieroglyphic inscriptions in bright colours.
These coffins were excavated south of Cairo in the sprawling burial ground of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Since the discovery of the first thirteen coffins was announced almost three weeks ago, more have been discovered in shafts at depths of up to twelve metres.
As stated by Mr Khaled al-Anani an indefinite number of additional coffins may still lie buried there, at the site, near the four thousand seven hundred-year-old pyramid of Djoser.
In the meantime, Mask-clad Muslims encircled Islam’s holiest site along socially distanced paths, as Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage with extensive health precautions adopted after a seven-month coronavirus hiatus.
Thousands of worshippers entered the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca in batches to perform the ritual of circling the sacred Kaaba, a cubic structure towards which Muslims around the world pray.
The umrah, the pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time, usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year but it was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.