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Posted at: Oct 19, 2019, 6:10 PM; last updated: Oct 19, 2019, 6:10 PM (IST)

Egypt reveals details of 30 ancient coffins found in Luxor

Egypt reveals details of 30 ancient coffins found in Luxor
Archaeologists remove the cover of an ancient painted coffin discovered at Al-Asasif Necropolis in the Valley of Kings in Luxor on October 19, 2019. Reuters

Luxor (Egypt), October 19

Egypt’s antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters Saturday that the coffins, with inscriptions and paintings, were found in the Asasif Necropolis on the River Nile’s west bank near Luxor.

He says the coffins were for men, women and children from the 22nd dynasty (945 BC-715 BC), and had been collected and hidden by a priest for fear of being looted.

He says the coffins were in two layers, with the ones on top across those below.

Egypt has sought publicity for its archaeological discoveries in the hopes of reviving its tourism sector, which was badly hit by the turmoil following the 2011 uprising. — AP


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