Egypt uncovers large trove of ancient bronze statues and sarcophagi in Saqqara

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(CNN) – A large treasure trove of ancient bronze statues and well-preserved sarcophagi found in Sakkara, Egypt, was unveiled to the public on Monday, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement.

Archaeologists have unearthed remains of the Egyptian dynasty buried in the Saqqara Necropolis in the past, but the latest find shows the first and largest discovery of bronze statues in the area in the Late Period or 5th century BC.

The 150 statues discovered were based on the Pharaonic deities – including the tomb keeper, Anubis; Nefertem, the god of the creation of the day; And the god of the sun and the wind, Amun.

They were spotted by the Egyptian Archaeological Mission, which has been operating since 2018, in an area 18 miles south of Cairo.

Ancient bronze statues found in Sakkara, Egypt, were unveiled on Monday.

Ancient bronze statues found in Sakkara, Egypt, were unveiled on Monday.

Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt

Archaeologists also found bronze utensils believed to have been used during prayers for Isis, the goddess of fertility, the statement said.

The mission found another 250 colorful, well-preserved mummies with wooden sarcophagi, wooden statues, gold-colored wooden masks and dozens of cat statues.

The mission also received a collection of New Kingdom-era discoveries dating back to the 15th century, including bronze mirrors, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and anklets.

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Photographs released by the ministry showed extremely detailed bronze statues and coffins in the exhibition for the public in Sakkara.

Top Image: A colorful sarcophagus found in Sakkara, Egypt, was unveiled on Monday. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

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