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The find came after inspecting three new burial pits in a necropolis made for priests, high officials and elites of the Late Pharaonic Period.
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered more than eighty wooden sarcophagi sealed approximately 2,500 years ago in the vast necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo, where at the beginning of this month dozens of coffins were found of similar age, the country's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reported on Monday.
The find came after investigators inspectedthree burial pits additional, where there were also severalwooden figurines decorated in color with gold finishes.
The authorities promise to provide more details during a conference to be organized in the coming weeks after completing the documentation and photography of the archaeological objects.
The place was visited by the Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbuli, accompanied by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled el Anani, to thank and support the work of the experts.
On October 3, El Anani announced the discovery of at least 59 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them, which remained buried in three wells for more than 2,600 years.
The senior official described the news as"The beginning of a great discovery", while specifying that all the sarcophagi have not yet been unearthed in the same area.
The Saqqara site houses at least11 pyramids, including the Djoser Step, along with hundreds of ancient official tombs and other sites dating from the First Dynasty (2920 BC-2770 BC) to the Coptic period (395-642).
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that early analyzes reveal that the decorated coffins were made for priests, high officials and elites of the Late Pharaonic Period (664-525 BC).
In addition to the sarcophagi, archaeologists have also found a total of28 statuettes of the god Seker and a 35-centimeter bronze one of the god Nefertum inlaid with precious stones.