Egyptian civilization is considered as one of the oldest civilizations in the world. With decorated tombs, coffins, mummies and a complex belief systems, the civilization has fascinated humans for a long time now. And the many Hollywood movies surrounding this ancient civilization have only added to that intrigue.
Recently, archaeologists discovered some remains of the long-gone Egyptian civilization.
According to CNN, archaeologists discovered 20 ancient wooden coffins in the city of Luxor in southern Egypt. The statements released by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said it was, “one of the largest and most important discoveries to have been announced in the past few years.” They also revealed that the coffins are well-preserved and were discovered “as the ancient Egyptians left them.”
The coffins were found in an ancient necropolis on the west bank of Nile called Al-Assasif. Decades ago, this site was part of the ancient city of Thebes. Archaeologists have found that the area consisted of tombs dating back to the Middle, New Kingdom and the Late Periods (1994 BC to 332 BC). According to historical studies, nobles and officials were buried in Al-Assasif during the era. The newly-discovered coffins were found to be spread across two layers of a large tomb.
Further details of the coffins including its dates are not yet known. Officials have informed that it will be announced in a press conference in Luxor on Saturday, 19 October, 2019.
On Tuesday, 15 October, 2019, the authorities released pictures of the brightly colored coffins that had intricate inscriptions and paintings. The images were released when the antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany along with the Supreme Council of Antiquities’ secretary-general, Mostafa Waziri visited the site.
Prior to this discovery, the tombs discovered at Assasif have mostly dated back to the New Kingdom (1550-1292 BC) and the Late Period (664-332 BC) of ancient Egypt. According to BBC, the New Kingdom tombs included the ones that belonged to famous pharaohs Ahmose, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaton, and Tutankhamun.
This news comes shortly after the Egyptian authorities revealed the discovery of an ancient “industrial area” in Luxor’s Valley of the Monkeys. On 10 October 2019, the Ministry of Antiquities said that they uncovered an area that consisted of about 30 workshops and a large kiln to fire ceramics. This area was used to produce furniture, pottery and other decorative items for the royal tombs. The recent discoveries are believed to boost Egypt’s tourism sector which has taken a hit since 2011.