A sarcophagus is displayed during the official announcement in Egypt. AFP
Gulf Today Report
Egypt unveiled on Sunday ancient treasures found at the Saqqara archaeological site south of Cairo including 54 wooden coffins, many of which can be traced back 3,000 years to the New Kingdom period, according to famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.
The funerary temple of Queen Neit was also discovered near the pyramid of her husband, King Teti of Egypt's 6th dynasty which dates back 4200 years, said famed archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who headed the archaeological mission.
The coffins, or sarcophagi, include the first dating back to the New Kingdom to be found at Saqqara, a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to the Step Pyramid, the tourism and antiquities ministry said in a statement. Carved in human form and painted in bright colours, many of them are still intact.
Ancient games, statues, and masks were also found, according to Reuters
"All these discoveries will rewrite the history of Saqqara and the New Kingdom," said Hawass.
Bill Gates is America's biggest farmland owner
Cyprus cats out in the cold due to coronavirus pandemic
Man parks his car on railway tracks in the UK
Officials are keen to show off newly discovered artefacts as they try to revive visitor numbers after the tourism industry received a painful blow during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of tourists visiting the country dropped to 3.5 million last year from 13.1 million in 2019.
Egypt's antiquities ministry announced Sunday the discovery of 14 sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo that had lain buried for 2,500 years.
The 13th-century edifice, called "Shali" or "home" in the local Siwi language, was built by Berber populations atop a hill in the pristine Siwa oasis, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) southwest of Cairo.
Yemen’s city of Shibam is at high risk of collapse due to floods and rains in the region. The city is called the ‘Manhattan of the Desert’ because of its ancient muddy skyscrapers.
A tweet from a US server went viral this week after she criticised a group of European tourists for not leaving an adequate tip after spending US$700 (£570.25) on food.
According to the agency, before the floods struck last June, water from only 36% of Pakistan's water system was considered safe for human consumption.
Tripoli's centre is dotted with a myriad of cafes, from tiny kiosks to large halls, all equipped with sophisticated Italian espresso machines.