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Ancient Egyptian mystery: 13 coffins 'sealed for 2,500 years' unearthed in 'cursed' well

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One disclosed revelation saw archaeologists uncover three sealed niches that may contain more coffins or other artefacts, prompting speculation over what they will discover. 

Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anani said of the finding: “An indescribable feeling when you witness a new archaeological discovery.”

The discovery found the intact 2,500-year-old coffins in the desert necropolis of Saqqara.

For around 3,000 years, Saqqara served as the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

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The identities of those buried inside the coffins remains a mystery.

The exceptionally preserved wooden coffins were found stacked on top of each other.

The coffins are so well preserved that some of the original colours on the coffins remain visible.

The new discoveries are rare for having remained completely intact over the millennia.

This supposed curse is said to cause bad luck, illness or even death.

The burial ground is located just 19 miles south of the modern Egyptian capital city of Cairo.

It was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

The Egyptian government reopened access to museums and cultural spots on September 1.



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