Archaeologists on Saturday unsealed a mummy coffin which was sealed 2,500 years ago in Egypt. Watch video:
Archaeologists on Saturday unsealed a mummy coffin, sealed 2,500 years ago, in front of a live audience in Egypt. A video showing people waiting to get a look at the mummy has surfaced online.
Archaeologists found 59 sealed wooden sarcophagi earlier this year in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo near Memphis. The region is home to several pyramids, including the famous Giza Pyramids. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s.
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The mummy was wrapped in an ornate burial cloth which had been decorated to resemble the deceased priest’s face.
The video has garnered more than 11.4 million views on Twitter.
Greg Lewis, New Zealand’s ambassador to Egypt, also shared a video of the unsealing of the mummy coffin on the microblogging platform.
According to a press release by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, initially, three burial wells at different depths between 10 and 12 metres, with 13 coffins were discovered in Saqqara. Then another 14 coffins were revealed until the total number of coffins reached 59 coffins. The reveal has not finished yet.
“Dr Khaled Al-Anani explained that the coffins found are in a good state of conservation and still maintain their original colors, noting that their preliminary studies have shown that it dates back to the age of the family 26 and belong to a group of priests and senior men,” the news release said.
The coffins will be transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza for display.