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06:40  20 october  2019
06:40  20 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Luxor , Egypt (AP) -- Egypt 's antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor . Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters Saturday that the coffins , with inscriptions and

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LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's antiquities authorities on Saturday revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins that were recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor.

Tourists photograph sarcophagi displayed in front of Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt's valley of the Kings in Luxor on October 19, 2019. - Egypt revealed today a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The antiquities ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, at a press conference against the backdrop of the Hatshepsut Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images) Tourists photograph sarcophagi displayed in front of Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt's valley of the Kings in Luxor on October 19, 2019. - Egypt revealed today a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The antiquities ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, at a press conference against the backdrop of the Hatshepsut Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters the coffins, with inscriptions and paintings, were found in the Asasif Necropolis on the Nile River's west bank near Luxor.

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Egypt ’s antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor . Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters that the coffins , with inscriptions and paintings, were found in the Asasif

LUXOR , Egypt -- Egypt 's antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor . Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters Saturday that the coffins , with inscriptions and paintings, were

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany looking at recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP, File) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany looking at recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP, File)

When discovered last week, the coffins were in two layers, with 18 coffins on top of 12 others, he said.

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The coffins were for men, women and children from the 22nd dynasty (945-715 B.C.) and had been collected and hidden by a priest for fear of being looted, Waziri said.

Egyptian archeologist open a wooden coffin belonging to a man in front Hatshepsut Temple at Valley of the Kings in Luxor on October 19, 2019. - Egypt revealed on Saturday a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images) Egyptian archeologist open a wooden coffin belonging to a man in front Hatshepsut Temple at Valley of the Kings in Luxor on October 19, 2019. - Egypt revealed on Saturday a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany said the mummies found in the coffins included 23 adult males, five adult females and two children. He said the coffins were "exceptionally painted and preserved." His ministry has described them as one of the "biggest and most important" discoveries in recent years.

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Egypt 's antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor . Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters Saturday that the coffins , with inscriptions and paintings, were found in .

LUXOR , Egypt (AP) — Egypt 's antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor . Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters Saturday that the coffins , with inscriptions and

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, foreground left, looking at recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP, File) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, foreground left, looking at recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP, File)

Archaeologists opened the coffins of a man and a woman, both wrapped in cloth. Their gender can be distinguished by the shape of their hands, said Waziri, who explained that ancient women were buried with their hands open while men's hands were closed.

Archaeologists remove the cover of an ancient painted coffin discovered at al-Asasif Necropolis in the Vally of Kings in Luxor, Egypt October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany © Thomson Reuters Archaeologists remove the cover of an ancient painted coffin discovered at al-Asasif Necropolis in the Vally of Kings in Luxor, Egypt October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The two mummies seemed well preserved with the outer wrappings still intact, completely covering their faces and bodies.

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Egypt 's antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor . Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters on Saturday that the coffins , with inscriptions and paintings, were found in

Egypt 's antiquities authority has revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor . Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters Saturday that the coffins , with inscriptions and paintings, were found in the

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany looking at recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP, File) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany looking at recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP, File)

El-Anany said further excavations are underway in the necropolis, which includes tombs dating back to the Middle, New Kingdom and Late Periods (1994 B.C. to 332 B.C.).

A tourist photographs a sarchophagus displayed in front of Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt's valley of the Kings in Luxor, on October 19, 2019. - Egypt revealed today a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The antiquities ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, at a press conference against the backdrop of the Hatshepsut Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images) A tourist photographs a sarchophagus displayed in front of Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt's valley of the Kings in Luxor, on October 19, 2019. - Egypt revealed today a rare trove of 30 ancient wooden coffins that have been well-preserved over millennia in the archaeologically rich Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The antiquities ministry officially unveiled the discovery made at Asasif, a necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River, at a press conference against the backdrop of the Hatshepsut Temple. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images) LUXOR, EGYPT - OCTOBER 19: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - © 2019 Anadolu Agency LUXOR, EGYPT - OCTOBER 19: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "EGYPT'S MINISTRY OF ANTIQUITIES / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities Khaled El-Anany (R) attends the publicity of the wooden coffins, whose brightly-coloured decorations are still visible, to press members after they were uncovered at the Theban necropolis of Asasif in Luxor, Egypt on October 19, 2019. The ministry described the discovery as "one of the largest and most important" in recent years. (Photo by EGYPT'S MINISTRY OF ANTIQUITIES / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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The coffins were for men, women and children from the 22nd dynasty, Egypt 's antiquities authority said.

Egypt has revealed details of 30 ancient wooden coffins with mummies inside, which were discovered in the southern city of Luxor in the biggest find of its kind in more than a century. A team of Egyptian archaeologists found a “distinctive group of 30 coloured wooden coffins for men, women

He said the coffins will be moved in November to the Grand Egyptian Museum that Egypt is building near the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo. The museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to showcase Egypt's ancient treasures while drawing tourists to help fund its future development. Authorities have said the museum will open next year.

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 file photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows recently discovered ancient colored coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)

The coffins' discovery is the latest in a series of new finds that Egypt has sought publicity for in the hopes of reviving its key tourism sector, which was badly hit by the turmoil following a 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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Magdy reported from Cairo.

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