Egypt unveils 3,000-year old coffins in latest discovery at Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo

1/18/2021
Egypt has unveiled an archaeological discovery at the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo, which could "rewrite the history" of the New Kingdom period.


  • The find includes 54 wooden coffins that can be traced back 3,000 years
  • The funerary temple of Queen Neit was also discovered near the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt's 6th dynasty
  • The archaeologist who headed the mission says the finds will rewrite the history of the New Kingdom period
  • The find includes 54 wooden coffins that can be traced back 3,000 years to the New Kingdom period, which spans about 1539 to 1075 BC.

The funerary temple of Queen Neit was also discovered near the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt's 6th dynasty, which dates back 4,200 years, according to archaeologist Zahi Hawass.

The coffins, or sarcophagi, include the first dating back to the New Kingdom to be found at Saqqara, which is a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to the Step Pyramid.

Carved in human form and painted in bright colours, many of the coffins are still intact.

Ancient games, statues and masks were also found at the site.

Officials are keen to show off newly discovered artefacts as they try to revive visitor numbers after the tourism industry received a painful blow during the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of tourists visiting the country dropped to 3.5 million last year, from 13.1 million in 2019.

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