Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said archeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor.
Colourful, sealed sarcophagi and statues those were buried more than 2,500 years ago were displayed in a makeshift exhibit at the feet of the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara.
Archaeologists in Egypt said on Saturday that they had found 59 well-preserved and sealed wooden coffins over recent weeks that were buried more than 2,500 years ago.
The bones were found in Shimal — a prominent archaeological site dating back to the Umm Al Nar culture (2,600 to 2,000BC) — where archaeologists previously discovered evidence for prehistoric tombs, settlements and a medieval fortress.
The burial sites "of remarkable scientific quality" were unearthed during preparatory work for rebuilding the ancient church's spire at the central spot where the transept crosses the nave, the culture ministry announced late Monday.
It was one more step as Houston Museum of Natural Sciences in the United States returned to Egypt a wooden coffin of what is believed to be remains of a priest called Ankhemaat, who is believed to have belonged to a period between 664 Before the Common Era (BCE) and 332 BCE when Alexander of Macedon invaded the country.