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The first analyzes show that the decorated coffins were made for priests, high officials and elites of the Late Pharaonic Period.
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed dozens of sarcophagi in the vast Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, according to the country's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
As Minister Khaled el-Anany specified, at least59 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them, which remained buried in three pits for more than 2,600 years.
The senior official described the news as"The beginning of a great discovery", while specifying that not all the sarcophagi have yet been unearthed in the same xona.
The Saqqara site houses at least11 pyramids, including the Djoser Step, along with hundreds of ancient official tombs and other sites dating from the First Dynasty (2920 BC-2770 BC) to the Coptic period (395-642).
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that early analyzes reveal that the decorated coffins were made for priests, high officials and elites of the Late Pharaonic Period (664-525 BC).
In addition to the sarcophagi, archaeologists have also found a total of28 statuettes of the god Seker and a 35-centimeter bronze one of the god Nefertum inlaid with precious stones.