Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 30 wooden coffins from ancient era in the city of Luxor. With mummies inside them, it is individually the largest numbers of ancient coffin finding for a century. Also this is the first archaeological discovery in Egypt that has fully been conducted by only Egyptians, which are usually happened to be led by foreign scientists.
The antiquities ministry of Egypt has said in a statement that the coffins have been found in the famous Assasif necropolis located on the west bank of River Nile in Luxor.
An event was organized to uncover the coffins in Luxor. There the minister of antiquities Khaled El-Anany said that this is the highest number of coffins’ discovery in a single incident in nineteenth century and later.
The coffins are around 3000 years old. The lids were sealed while discovered. The colorful and designed textures drawn over the coffins are still clearly visible and well conserved comparing to the period they were made.
Mostafa Waziri, the leader of the expedition team informed that the coffins were made for the bodies of male and female priests and children. These were made in 10th century during the 22nd pharaoh dynasty’s rule.
Most of the tombs of Assasif necropolis were from the late Egyptian civilization (664 – 332 BC). Some of the tombs are dated from 18th dynasty (1550 – 1292 BC). Tombs of Tutankhamun, Akhenaton, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Amenhotep III and Ahmose are notable among the famous tombs here.
After the discovery, unveiling and acquiring details information of the coffins, now at the next phase Egyptian authority will conduct necessary restorations on them. Then they will be publicly displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum near the iconic Giza pyramids from next year.
Just a few days ago, two more ancient establishments were discovered in the same Luxor city. A predated industrial complex was among them.
Since the mass uprising against the former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt’s tourism industry has been experiencing a tough time. Authorities are now hoping that these recent discoveries will help them to encourage more tourists from the globe to visit Egypt and boost the sector once again.
After unveiling the coffins, wrapped mummies were found inside as expected :