September 26, 2022
SEE IT: Archaeologists find 2500-year-old Egyptian coffins

The artifacts, which also included 150 statues of ancient Egyptian gods, were on display at a makeshift exhibit Monday at the feet of the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, around 15 miles from the Egyptian capital.

“The Supreme Council of Antiquities has successfully unveiled the discovery of the first and largest cache of 150 bronze statues, dating back to the Late Period, in the cemetery of the sacred animals in Saqqara. 250 intact closed wooden coffins containing mummies were also discovered,” the ministry said.

During the exhibit, Mostafa Waziri, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, reportedly said that one of the unearthed statues points to the possibility of finding the tomb of Imhotep, a well-known Egyptian architect who is believed to have designed the 4,700-year-old step pyramid in the 27th century B.C.

“Preliminary findings suggest that the papyrus, which is rolled, is 9 meters. It was sent to the labs of the Egyptian Museum (in Cairo’s Tahrir Square) for more studies,” Waziri said.

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