At least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside and also 40 gilded statues in a vast Pharaonic necropolis were discovered south of Cairo, announced Egyptian antiquities officials. According to the reports by AP, colourful and sealed sarcophagi and statues which were buried 2,500 years back were displayed in an exhibit at the feet of the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara. Khaled el-Anany, who is the Tourism and Antiquities Minister, said that the items which have been discovered date back to the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt from around 320 B.C. to about 30 B.C.
He further revealed that the artifacts would be moved to three museums in Cairo. These museums include the Grand Egyptian Museum that Egypt is building near the famed Giza Pyramids. According to the reports by AP, Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities told reporters that the Egyptian archaeologists found other “shafts full of coffins, well-gilded, well-painted, well-decorated”. Archeologists opened a coffin with a well-preserved mummy which was wrapped in cloth inside. Also, they carried out X-ray to visualize the structures of the mummy.
Egyptian authorities on June 1 reopened the famed pyramids of Giza after three months of COVID-19 induced curfew restrictions. The reopening of pyramids saw the presence of dozens of tourists excitedly clicking selfies in front of one of Egypt’s most ancient and iconic structures. In addition to the pyramids of Giza, the authorities also reopened the Egyptian Museum next to Cairo's Tahrir Square. The Egyptian government is hopeful that the reopening of pyramids will encourage tourists to visit the country despite the risks of international travel. As per reports, Egypt allowed international travel from June 30 onwards.