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Archaeologists recently made a breakthrough in discovering 27 sarcophagi that were buried 2,500 years ago.

Archaeologists working at the ancient Saqqara necropolis near Cairo discovered the incredible 27 sarcophagi in Egypt, and is believed to be the largest find of its kind.

Initially only 13 sarcophagi were found earlier in the month. But, as archaeologist insisted on further studying the area, they uncovered an extra 14.

In a statement that was released by Egypt's Antiquity Ministry, it stated that; "Initial studies indicate that these coffins are completely closed and haven't been opened since they were buried."

Smaller statues and artefacts were also discovered by the archaeological team alongside the wooden sarcophagi. The ministry delayed announcing the news about the finding until Antiquities Minister, Khaled al-Anani, could visit the dig site himself to inspect the sarcophagi.

The sarcophagi were discovered by the team 36ft underground. Archaeologist's continue to study the site to try and work out the exact history of the sarcophagi.

Mostafa Waziri and the archaeologist team inspected one of the ancient wooden coffins in a burial shaft at the Saqqara necropolis.

The Saqqara necropolis is found south of Cairo. It is known to be a part of the ancient capital city of Memphis, a Unesco World Heritage site, and is also the site of the colossal rectangular-based step Pyramid of Djoser.

Egypt uses archaeological discoveries to promote tourism. This sector has been directly affected by travel restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic regulations.

The ministry's statement further added that they hope to reveal "more secrets" about the discovery soon.

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