Historic archeological discoveries seem to continue to baffle and astound modern-day researchers as we uncover more and more mysteries of the ancient world. Textbooks have told one story for the last hundred years, but science writes and rewrites the stories from time to time.
This time, an archaeological team has unearthed twenty ancient coffins near the Egyptian city of Luxor.
These coffins bearing sophisticated patterns were found Asasif, an ancient catacomb located on the west bank of the River Nile.
These coffins were found to be very well kept bearing legible inscriptions and maintain much of their original vivid colors. Upon seeing them, one can envision how impressive they would have appeared when first closed so long ago.
These sarcophagi were discovered in a multi-layered tomb, with one row of coffins carefully placed on top of another row.
Photographs were released by authorities showing antiquities minister Khaled Al-Anany alongside Supreme Council of Antiquities’ secretary general, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, examining the ancient coffins.
The wooden sarcophagi boast colorful, well-preserved paintings and inscriptions (Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt)
As reported by CNN, Al-Asasif is an archaeologically significant site known as a place where nobles and officials were laid to rest during the time of the pharaohs. Archeologists digging in the area have made discoveries proven to date back to Egypt’s eighteenth dynasty which began around the year 1539 B.C.
BBC News reports that most of the tombs discovered at Asasif have been found to date back to Egypt’s Late Period between 664 and 332 BCE. Although now, archaeologists have found previously exhumed tombs to date back much earlier to the eighteenth dynasty, which was the era of famous Egyptian pharaohs such as Hatshesput, Amenhotep III and Tutankhamun.
As of now, archaeological researchers have yet to determine exactly to which period of ancient Egypt these newly discovered coffins belong nor whose remains are contained within these well preserved intricately carved coffins.
On Saturday, October 19th a press conference will be held in West Luxor in order to disclose and discuss details about this fascinatingly wonderful discovery.
As linear time moves forward and history continues to unfold, scientists and explorers continue to make discoveries which alter our understanding of the ancient world and humankind. Some of the most marvelous discoveries were chronicled by a recent History.com article.
Tourists observe sarcophagi displayed in front of Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in Luxor
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