Egypt showcases scores of 2,500-year-old coffins

Egypt on Saturday showcased more than 100 coffins dating back 2,500 years, the latest and largest find this year in the vast burial ground of the Saqqara Necropolis.

The 26th Dynasty coffins - sealed, finely painted and well-preserved - were of a higher quality than previous finds there, said the secretary-general of the supreme council of antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, suggesting they belonged to higher ranking families.

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14 November 2020, Egypt, Giza: Ancient sarcophagi are displayed during a press conference at Saqqara. Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside. Photo: Fadel Dawood/dpa (Photo by Fadel Dawood/picture alliance via Getty Images)
A picture shows wooden sarcophagi on display during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture shows wooden sarcophagi on display during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture shows a wooden sarcophagus during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Archaeologists inspect a mummy, wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic pictorials, during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture shows wooden sarcophagi during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
An archaeologist cleans a statue during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture shows a statue on display during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Archaeologists inspect a mummy, wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic pictorials, during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
An archaeologist cleans a sarcophagus during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP) (Photo by AHMED HASAN/AFP via Getty Images)
14 November 2020, Egypt, Giza: Ancient sarcophagi are displayed during a press conference at Saqqara. Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside. Photo: Mohammed Fouad/dpa (Photo by Mohammed Fouad/picture alliance via Getty Images)
14 November 2020, Egypt, Giza: Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Tourism Khaled El Anany (2nd L) and Mostafa Waziri (3rd L), the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, inspect a mummy inside one of the newly discovered coloured ancient coffins during a press conference at Saqqara. Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside. Photo: Fadel Dawood/dpa (Photo by Fadel Dawood/picture alliance via Getty Images)
14 November 2020, Egypt, Giza: Ancient sarcophagi are displayed during a press conference at Saqqara. Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside. Photo: Fadel Dawood/dpa (Photo by Fadel Dawood/picture alliance via Getty Images)
14 November 2020, Egypt, Giza: Egyptian archaeologists restore the newly discovered ancient statues during a press conference at Saqqara. Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside. Photo: Mohammed Fouad/dpa (Photo by Mohammed Fouad/picture alliance via Getty Images)
14 November 2020, Egypt, Giza: Newly discovered ancient statues are displayed during a press conference at Saqqara. Egyptian antiquities officials announced the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside. Photo: Mohammed Fouad/dpa (Photo by Mohammed Fouad/picture alliance via Getty Images)
14 November 2020, Egypt, Giza: Attendees arrive at Saqqara to attend a press conference where Egyptian antiquities officials will announce the discovery of at least 100 ancient coffins, some with mummies inside. Photo: Fadel Dawood/dpa (Photo by Fadel Dawood/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Fifty-nine coffins were unearthed in August at the same UNESCO world heritage site. More treasures are expected to be found there, said Waziri.

The newly-discovered coffins, plus associated mummies and artefacts, will go on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is expected to open next year.

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