Archaeologists find 27 mummies sealed inside Egyptian well for 2,500 years

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EXPERTS have uncovered 27 mummies which had been buried for more than 2,500 years in an ancient Egyptian necropolis.

In what is now believed to be the largest finding of its kind, 13 sarcophagi were discovered earlier this month with a further 14 following two weeks after.

Experts dug down a 36ft well in order to make the discovery

Experts dug down a 36ft well in order to make the discovery

So far, the identities of those buried inside is still a mystery.

The wooden coffins were located inside a well at a sacred site in Saqqara, in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has named Saqqara a World Heritage Site as it was a functioning burial ground for over 3,000 years, according to the BBC.

The discoveries were made by experts who had dug down the 36ft well under “difficult conditions”.

Egypt’s antiquities ministry said: “Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and haven’t been opened since they were buried”.

The Antiquities minister, Khaled al-Anani postponed the announcement of the discoveries before he was able to visit the location himself, according to the statement.

As experts aim to gather more information about the coffins, excavation works are being continued where they were found.

A sarcophagus is often made of wood or stone and was used to bury bodies in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

It often features colourful sculptures, paintings and inscriptions.

According to National Geographic, the earliest sarcophagi were used by Egyptian Pharaohs of the third dynasty.

As ancients Egyptians believed in the afterlife, the sarcophagi were designed to be the permanent resting place of rich and notable people who died.

The wooden coffins, which are believed to have been buried over 2,500 years ago  feature colourful paintings and inscriptions

The wooden coffins, which are believed to have been buried over 2,500 years ago feature colourful paintings and inscriptions
Sarcophagi were used to bury rich and notable people in ancient Egypt

Sarcophagi were used to bury rich and notable people in ancient Egypt
The team also found smaller artifacts and statutes

The team also found smaller artifacts and statutes
The team worked under "difficult conditions" to find the sarcophagi

The team worked under “difficult conditions” to find the sarcophagi
The ministry thanked the team for their work

The ministry thanked the team for their work
Source – The Sun