After a series of outstanding discoveries, Egypt announced the biggest archeological discovery of 2020. According to a statement by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, 100 sealed coffins from the Late and Ptolemaic period were found, in addition to 40 gilded statues of the the Deity Ptah Soker, God of the Saqqara necropolis, 20 wooden boxes of the god Horus, and two statues of “Phnomus”. This discovery was made at the “tomb of noblemen” area in Saqqara, where cats, animals, and birds were previously found, in addition to the unforgettable discovery of the tomb of “Wahtye”.
In his announcement, Khaled El-Enany, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, described Saqqara as “a gold mine of discoveries”. He expressed his pride in the dedicated team’s effort, and confirmed that “more is yet to come”. During the announcement, an X- ray was taken of a mummy that was inside one of the coffins. The scan showed that the mummy was of a male whose height ranged between 165 and 175 cm, was healthy when he was alive, and died between the age of 40 and 45 years.
The coffins that were discovered will be distributed to the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Egyptian Museum of Tahrir, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and the Museum of the New Administrative Capital.