More than 100 coffins dating back 2,500 years unearthed in Egypt

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    Egypt showcased more than 100 coffins dating back 2,500 years on Saturday, in the largest discovery to date at the vast burial ground of the Saqqara Necropolis. The 26th Dynasty coffins, which were sealed, finely painted and well-preserved, were of a higher quality than previous discoveries, according to the secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, who suggested they belonged to high-ranking families. Fifty-nine coffins were unearthed in August at the same UNESCO world heritage site and Waziri said he expects more discoveries to be made. The newly discovered coffins, as well as associated mummies and artifacts, will go on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is expected to open in 2021. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7407881/mummy-egypt-tomb-open-sarcophagus/ Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #Egypt #GlobalNews

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