Archaeologists have discovered three wooden coffins in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor that is around 3,500 years old. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced this today.
The coffins are still in good condition and have colored inscriptions and hieroglyphics on the outside. They date from the 18th dynasty (1550-1292 before Christ).
The nearly two-meter coffins were discovered by French archaeologists at the El-Assasif cemetery, the ministry says. At least two of the three cases were intended for women. Last month, archaeologists had also found thirty well-preserved and colorful wooden boxes with mummies at that cemetery, dating from 3,000 years ago. It was then the most important find of intact coffins since the end of the nineteenth century.
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities regularly launches archaeological discoveries. Among other things, they hope to relaunch tourism after years of political instability and attacks.