2,500 Year Old Egyptian Coffins Found

Egyptian History Coffins Discovered

An unusual cache of at least 13 wooden coffins dating back to 2,500 years ago has been discovered in the desert necropolis of Saqqara in Egypt.

What makes these coffins so special among the thousands interred in the tomb complex is the fact they have remained intact for millennia, and are still completely sealed , hundreds of years after their inhabitants died.

 The coffins were found in a burial shaft 11 metres (36 feet) below the ground, stacked on top of each other. They’re so well preserved, even some of the colours painted on the wood are still intact. An initial analysis has found that the coffins have likely been sealed since they were buried.

Inside the burial shaft, three sealed niches were also found. Minister Khaled Al-Anani said that it’s likely there are more coffins in the shaft yet to be discovered. Over the millennia, many such tombs have been looted. So finding a coffins that have been undisturbed and unopened for all that time means the possibility of untouched grave goods inside.

The potential grave goods, however, could not only tell us who was buried, but how important they were. The discovery is likely to add to our ever-growing understanding of ancient Egyptian funerary customs.

The names and identities of the people buried in the coffins are yet to be discovered. But, as excavation work at the site continues, this information is expected to be found soon, as well as the total number of coffins buried in the shaft.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry is set to release a series of promotional videos on the discovery – the first adventure-themed promo you can watch above features Indiana Jones-esque music, complete with a cliffhanger about a future announcement.