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Egypt discovers an ancient cemetery، 35 mummies، 25 coffins in Saqqara

Saturday 14/July/2018 - 12:55 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmad El-Assasy
Antiquities Ministry، Dr Khaled El-Anany announced on Saturday the details of the new archaeological discovery in Saqqara. The discovery made by the Egyptian-German archaeological mission working there.

El Anany said in statements in attendance of many local and international media newspaper that the discovery is a workshop for mummification and an ancient cemetery. It included a big number of Funeral furniture.

He pointed out to the discovery of 35 mummies and 25 coffins in Saqqara.

Egypt hopes the new finds can help revive tourism which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

The number of tourists visiting the country rose 54 percent to 8.3 million last year، still below the 14.7 million who came in 2010.

Archaeologists started excavation work in the area late last year and found tombs belonging to priests of Thoth، the ancient god of the moon and wisdom.

One tomb includes more than 1،000 statues and four well preserved alabaster canopic jars inscribed with hieroglyphics and designed to hold the mummified internal organs of their owner - Thoth.

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