For About 2,500 years Sarcophagi Buried unearthed in Saqqara

A total of 27 sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago have been unearthed by archaeologists in an ancient Egyptian necropolis.

They were found inside a newly-discovered well at a sacred site in Saqqara, south of the capital, Cairo.

Thirteen coffins were discovered earlier this month, but a further 14 have followed, officials say.

The discovery is now said by experts to be one of the largest of its kind.

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Images released show colourfully painted well-preserved wooden coffins and other smaller artefacts.

Egyptian ministry of tourism and Antiquities

Saqqara was an active burial ground for more than 3,000 years and is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site.

‘More secrets’ The statement adds that Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani initially delayed announcing the find until he could visit the site himself, where he thanked staff for working in difficult conditions down the 11m-deep (36ft) well.

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Excavation work is continuing at the site as experts attempt to establish more details on the origins of the coffins.

Other artefacts discovered around the wooden coffins also appeared to be well-crafted and colourfully decorated.

The discovery included mummified cats, crocodiles, cobras and birds. According to the BBC News

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In recent years, Egypt has ramped up its promotion of its archaeological finds in a bid to revive its vital but flagging tourism industry.