Archaeologists just uncovered 20 ancient coffins in Egypt with their original colors and carvings intact
- Archaeologists have uncovered 20 ancient wooden coffins in Egypt's Asasif Necropolis, where the ancient town of West Thebes once stood.
- The sarcophagi are "intact and sealed," the Egyptian government said, with colors and inscriptions preserved "in full."
- Egyptian officials plan to announce more details about the discovery on Saturday.
- The finding came after an industrial area of ancient Thebes was unearthed last week, which includes 30 manufacturing workshops and a pottery kiln.
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In a tweet, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said the coffins were "intact and sealed," and that the agency plans to announce more details on Saturday.
The coffins are part of a series of findings archaeologists have made since they began researching areas around the modern-day city of Luxor in December 2017.Last week, the government announced the discovery of an ancient industrial area in the nearby Valley of the Monkeys. Archaeologists identified 30 different manufacturing workshops there, along with an ancient pottery kiln from the 18th Dynasty."Each workshop had a different purpose," archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who led that excavation, told CNN. "Some were used to make pottery, others to produce gold artifacts, and others still to manufacture furniture."
The Egyptian government said on Tuesday that the country's Minister of Antiquities, Khaled el-Anany, had traveled to the site to inspect the newly discovered coffins along with Mostafa Waziri, Egypt's secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.The Associated Press reported that Egypt has sought to call attention to new archaeological discoveries like this one in the hopes of bolstering tourism.
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