Selin ATAY-TDO- At least 100 lahids dating back two thousand years have been reported to have been found in Egypt, some of them with mummies inside.
The sarcophagi, discovered in a very well-preserved state, were found in the Sakkara necropolis, south of the capital Cairo. Officials said the sarcophagi were the largest "treasure" unearthed in Egypt since Christmas.
In Egypt, a ceremony was held for wooden sarcophagi in sealed condition. At this ceremony, it was stated that the works belonged to important managers who lived between 700 and 30 BC.
It was revealed by archaeologists that one of the opened coffins contained a mummy wrapped in a shroud decorated with colorful hieroglyphs. Mummies may also be found in other sarcophagi. Archaeologists also announced that 40 ancient goddess statues and funeral masks have been found.
In addition, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture announced that they may announce to the public that another necropolis is located in the coming weeks.
Egypt has suffered huge declines in tourism sector revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing political instability since 2011. But the country's Egyptian authorities aim to revive the country's tourism sector, which has come to a standstill thanks to all these discoveries.
As a result of excavations carried out in Egypt last month, more than 80 sarcophagi of 2,500 years were unearthed in the same area.
The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis at Egypt’s ancient capital of Memphis that includes the famed Giza Pyramids, as well as smaller pyramids at Abu Sir, Dahshur, and Abu Ruwaysh. The ruins of Memphis were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1970s.