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Egypt unveils ancient coffins, statues found in Saqqara

Egypt Antiquities
Posted at 8:33 AM, Nov 14, 2020

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian antiquities officials have announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside, and around 40 gilded statues in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.

The discovered items date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for some 300 years — from around 320 B.C. to about 30 B.C., and the Late Period (664-332 B.C.).

The discovery in Saqqara necropolis is the latest in a series of archaeological finds in Egypt.

Egypt frequently touts its archaeological discoveries in hopes of spurring a vital tourism industry that has suffered from security concerns in the country following the political turmoil of the 2011 uprising.

The sector was also dealt a further blow this year by the coronavirus pandemic.