DISCOVERED IN EGYPT
While most of us were only able to gaze at Egypt’s pyramids online, some major archeological findings accrued in the country, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
In May 2020, Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced the unearthing of five limestone sarcophagi (a stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription) and four wooden coffins containing human mummies. These incredible archeological finds were inside a burial shaft stretching nine meters below ground and located in Saqqara, an ancient burial ground about 20 miles south of Cairo. Also excavated from the shaft was an incredible array of small artifacts, including 365 figurines, some inscribed with hieroglyphics. These small statues are called Ushabti, and they were usually buried in Egyptian graves to aid the body in its afterlife.
Another exciting excavation was that of mummy dating back to Egypt's 17th dynasty, circa 1550 BCE. A joint Egyptian-Spanish archeological mission discovered the coffin in Southern Egypt, in a necropolis called Draa Abul Naga. The mummified young woman is believed to have been around 15 or 16 years old at the time of her death.
Clancy's comment: Amazing that they keep on finding treasures from the past.