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Egyptian Archaeologists Found 59 Coffins That Are Over 2,500 Years Old and Opened One for the Public

The process of mummifying a single body used to take 70 days in Ancient Egypt. The rather long ordeal was carried out as they believed that the mummified body would serve as a “home” for the late person’s spirit. Earlier this month, dozens of ancient coffins were discovered in Cairo and what the archaeologists found out further was even more interesting.

Bright Side has put all the details together for our readers regarding the mummies that were uncovered.

The mummies were buried deep in wells 2,500 years ago.

In Cairo, Egypt, 59 coffins were discovered by archaeologists, hidden deep in wells. According to experts, the mummies are estimated to come from the sixth or seventh century BCE, dating back to the Late Period of Ancient Egypt.

One of the coffins was opened right in front of the public.

The discovery is huge, so naturally, it sparked a lot of public attention. To satisfy the people, one of the coffins was unveiled right in front of the media. The mummy was wrapped in black burial cloth and had several bright hieroglyphics on it.

Surprisingly, all the mummies are still perfectly preserved.

According to one of the ministers of tourism and antiquities, even though the mummies were put to rest 2,500 years ago, they are in such great shape, it’s almost as if they were mummified yesterday in their sealed wooden coffins.

All of the coffins will be put on public display soon.

If you’re wondering if it’s possible to see these mummies in person, it is. All the recently discovered coffins, along with the ones that have been found in the past, will be moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is awaiting its grand opening in 2021.

There’s a possibility that there are more.

The current discovery includes a bronze figure of Nefertem, an ancient Egyptian god, various priests, statesmen, and people of high social stature, and experts believe there are more to be found. The search is still on and one can’t help but wonder what more lies beneath.

Bonus: coffins in motion

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