- Egypt has unearthed coffins which were buried 2 500 years ago and sealed for many centuries
- Though their owners are still unknown, the coffins had inscriptions on them that scientists are seeking to translate
- According to a government authority, it is the biggest discovery since last year
On Sunday, September 6, Egypt said that it discovered a collection of more than 13 sealed coffins which all date back to 2 500 years ago. A statement by the country’s ministry of tourism and antiquities said the coffins were found at a site in Saqqara necropolis in Giza, How Africa reports.
It added that they were taken out from inside an 11-metre-deep shaft. Khaled al-Anany, the minister, was at the site as he examined the excavation work:
“The discovery marks the largest number of coffins found in one burial place since the discovery of the Asasif Cachette."
It should be noted that the mentioned Asasif was discovered in October 2019 at a cemetery in Upper Egypt’s Luxor Province.
Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Court of Antiquities, said that the new discoveries had inscriptions on them and they were in good condition, despite how old they are.
He added that the exact number of coffins are yet unknown. He, however, said that such information will be clear in the coming days. Studies by the ministry said that the coffins have not been opened since they were buried in the shaft.
In other history news closer to home, Briefly.co.za reported that many years ago today, Mpilo Desmond Tutu was ordained to become the Archbishop of Cape Town. Before this, Bishop Tutu - as we have now lovingly come to know him - served as the secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches.
Bishop Tutu started as a teacher but left the profession when the Bantu Education Act of 1953 was implemented. According to Tutu, the act was degrading. In 1960 he was ordained as a deacon and by 1961 a priest, he soon went on to become the first black man to be at the head of the Anglican church.
Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage to a poor family in Klerksdorp, South Africa. Entering adulthood, he married Nomalizo Leah Tutu, with whom he had several children.
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