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June 26, 2023

Ancient Mummy Coffin, Sealed 2500 Years Ago, Opened in Egypt for the First Time

This mummy tomb, sealed for 2500 years, has been opened for the first time. In late 2020, archaeologists in Egypt opened an ancient mummy coffin in front of a live audience, unsealing the first of 59 sealed sarcophagi found earlier that year in Saqqara, a vast ancient burial ground in Egypt that served as the necropolis of the ancient city of Memphis.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities stated that 59 wooden coffins were discovered inside burial wells in Saqqara’s archaeology area. The wooden coffins were in good condition and contained the bodies of Egyptian priests, prestigious community members, and other senior men.

The first wooden sarcophagus contained the mummy of a deceased priest who was wrapped in an “ornate burial cloth” decorated to resemble the deceased’s face.

Many questioned whether opening the sealed mummies was a good idea in 2020, as it is believed by some that opening tombs or coffins may bring bad luck.


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