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13 mysterious mummies discovered in Egyptian well

  • Published at 12:29 am September 15th, 2020
A picture taken on June 18, 2020 shows a mummy that was discovered by Egyptian archeologist Zahi Hawass and his team in a cemetery in Bahariya Oasis in Egypt's Western Desert in 1996, at the museum in the Red Sea Egyptian resort of Hurghada. - Egypt will reopen its airports on July 1 and begin welcoming to beach resorts tourists kept away by the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced. Flights will resume "between Egypt and countries which have reopened their airspace", said Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar during a news conference in Cairo. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
A picture taken on June 18, 2020 shows a mummy that was discovered by Egyptian archeologist Zahi Hawass and his team in a cemetery in Bahariya Oasis in Egypt's Western Desert in 1996, at the museum in the Red Sea Egyptian resort of Hurghada AFP

The discovery comes just a week after the country reopened its archaeological sites and museums to visitors following closures in March due to the global coronavirus pandemic

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered a mysterious collection of coffins thought to contain human mummies that have been sealed inside for more than 2,500 years.

According to Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the 13 unopened coffins, which were found piled on top of each other in a well nearly 40ft deep are so well preserved that the original detailed designs and colours are clearly visible, reports CNN.

Archaeologists who made the discovery at Saqqara, an ancient site that lies about 20 miles south of Egypt's capital and is also home to landmarks including the Step Pyramid, believed to be the world's oldest, are expected to make more discoveries at the site in coming days.

Khaled El-Enany, Egypt's minister of tourism and antiques, said it was "an indescribable feeling when you witness a new archaeological discovery."

The discovery comes just a week after the country reopened its archaeological sites and museums to visitors following closures in March due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Tourism is vital to the economy in Egypt, which welcomed more than 13.6 million visitors in 2019. More than one million people work in the sector.

The latest ancient find follows the unearthing of other coffins at Saqqara earlier this year. In April, archaeologists unearthed four caskets containing mummies, along with five limestone sarcophagi in a burial shaft.


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