Egypt opens ancient mummy sarcophagus sealed 2,500 years ago.

Global News

Breaking news &current latest Canadian news headlines;national weather forecasts &predictions, local news videos, money and financial news;sports stats and scores.

WATCH: Egypt has put on display dozens of coffins belonging to priests and clerks nearly 2,500 years ago, with archaeologists saying tens more were found in the vast Saqqara necropolis.

It’s 2020, the world is facing a coronavirus pandemic and Egypt is cracking open a few millennia-old mummy coffins in front of a live audience.

What could go wrong?

Dozens of people crowded around on Saturday as archeologists unsealed the first of 59 sealed sarcophagi, which contain the bodies of ancient Egyptian priests who were buried some 2,500 years ago. Some onlookers wore masks but a few did not as they waited to get a look at — and a whiff of — the long-buried priest’s remains.

The first wooden sarcophagus contained a mummy wrapped in an ornate burial cloth, which had been decorated to resemble the deceased priest’s face. It and dozens of others were entombed long ago during the late period of ancient Egypt, officials say.

The wooden sarcophagi were found earlier this year in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo near Memphis, the former seat of Ancient Egypt’s power. The site is home to several pyramids, including the famous Giza Pyramids. The area was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s.

Trending Stories

“We are very happy about this discovery,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. He says the sarcophagi are “in perfect condition,” and the discovery is “the gift of the century” for researchers in Egypt.

The coffins will eventually go on display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum that is currently under construction on the Giza plateau.

Archeologists announced last month that they had found 13 coffins, but many more have been discovered through further exploration of the necropolis. The mummies were entombed in shafts up to 12 metres deep.

Waziri says it’s unclear how many more are inside the necropolis.

Archeologists also recovered 28 statuettes of the god of the dead, as well as a bejewelled bronze statue of the goddess Nefertum.

The coffins are the first major discovery in Egypt since the COVID-19 outbreak hit.

Egyptian authorities hope the new mummies will help reinvigorate a tourism industry that’s been devastated by the virus and local strife in recent years.

“I consider this is the beginning of a big discovery,” said Khalid el-Anany, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities.

“Today is not the end.”

— With files from The Associated Press

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Дзеркало Тижня Букмекери зробили прогноз на матч Ліги Європи АЕК - «Зоря». Дзеркало Тижня Аналітики не вірять в луганський клуб.
UAinfo Сергей Фурса: Последнее американское предупреждение украинской власти. UAinfo На прошлой неделе в очень респектабельном издании Washington Post вышла редакторская статья, а это самый высокий уровень внимания, в которой описывалась ситуация в Украине(не очень оптимистичная в плане движения страны на пути реформ).
Дзеркало Тижня Ефект від вакцини триватиме не менше року – експерт. Дзеркало Тижня Через мутацію хвороби склад вакцини потрібно буде змінювати щороку.
5 канал Обігнав Білл Гейтса: Ілон Маск став другою найбагатшою людиною світу. 5 канал Ще у січні Маск був на 35 місці серед багатіїв
УНІАН У GOG почався розпродаж культових інді-ігор – знижки отримали Cuphead та Limbo. УНІАН Нова акція закінчиться 27 листопада.
Related news

Risk of Thanksgiving coronavirus spike ‘extremely high’ in U.

Experts say ignoring health guidelines could put greater stress on overburdened hospitals and lead to an even bigger spike in sickness and death over the holidays.

6 29

Shanghai Tackles Coronavirus Outbreak, Hundreds Of Flights Cancelled.

Hundreds of flights at one of China's busiest airports were cancelled Tuesday as Shanghai raced to bring a local coronavirus outbreak under control.


David Dinkins, first Black mayor of New York City, dies at 93.

Dinkins was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and other issues, losing his re-election bid to Rudy Giuliani in 1993.

6 14

Britain considering pulling judges from Hong Kong’s highest court, minister says.

The move would be Britain's latest response to what it considers China's breaches of its international obligations in the territory.

6 29

International Travelers To Be Vaccinated Against Covid, Says Qantas Chief.

International travelers will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to fly with Australia's Qantas, the company has said, the first major airline to suggest that such rules could become common across...

4 3

Oxford Vaccine Shot That Works Better In Smaller Doses Raises Questions.

The news reached Sarah Gilbert Saturday evening that the Covid-19 vaccine she's developed with AstraZeneca Plc appeared to work. But the University of Oxford professor had expected a key number: Was...

5 2

China's «Space Dream» : A Long March To The Moon

China's launch this week of an unmanned spacecraft aimed at bringing back lunar rocks -- the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the Moon in four decades -- underlines just how far...


‘Jeopardy!’ champion Ken Jennings named 1st interim host after death of Alex Trebek.

Producers announced Monday that Jennings, who won 74 games in a row and claimed the show's ``Greatest of All Time'' title in a competition last year, will host episodes that air in January.

4 51

Elon Musk Overtakes «Sparring Partner» Bill Gates As Second-Richest.

Elon Musks year of dizzying ascents hit a new apex Monday as the Tesla Inc. co-founder passed Bill Gates to become the worlds second-richest person.

4 3

Biden Transition Formally Begins As Trump Says He Will Cooperate.

The General Services Administration acknowledged Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the presidential election on Monday, following weeks of inaction, and President Donald Trump called on his agencies...

4 1