59 mummies are discovered in sarcophagi, a great archaeological find

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Ancient Egyptian tombs have been opened for the first time in 2,500 years and more than 50 mummies have been found with their brains removed.

Archaeologists in Giza, 10 miles south of the famous pyramids, found 59 intact painted coffins on Saturday. The dig began two months ago when a 36-foot-deep burial site containing 13 bodies – which experts believe were high priests – was discovered. The team continued digging to uncover two more, 32 and 39 feet deep, also filled with more coffins in good condition in their original colors.

The mummies, which have had their brains removed with iron hooks through their noses, as well as their coffins, will be displayed to the public at the Grand Egyptian Museum. The antique coffins are in good condition with their original colors.

I consider this the beginning of a great discovery,” said Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khalid el-Anany, adding that more discoveries are still expected in the same area.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said initial studies show the ornate coffins were made for priests and high officials from the Late Pharaonic Period around 664-525 B.C.

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