30 ‘Cachette of the Priests’ Mummies Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists have actually discovered 30 sealed wood caskets with mummies inside at “El-Assasif,” an ancient necropolis near Luxor, Egypt, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities revealed today (Oct. 19) at an interview. 

Called the “cachette of the priests” since some of the mummies seem those of ancient Egyptian priests, the caskets go back about 3,000 years. 

Vividly colored paintings on the caskets are so unspoiled one can construct out the complex patterns, Egyptian divine beings and hieroglyphic composing they illustrate. When discovered, the caskets were organized in 2 layers, with 18 caskets on the leading layer and 12 caskets on the bottom layer, stated Mostafa Waziri, the basic secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, who is leading work at El-Assasif. 

Related: See Photos of the “Cachette of the Priests” from Luxor

The mummies inside the 30 caskets consist of 23 men, 5 adult women and 2 kids from ancient Egypt, stated Khaled al-Anani, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, keeping in mind that the caskets they are buried in are “exceptionally painted and preserved.”

During the interview, archaeologists opened 2 of the caskets  one of a man and another of an adult woman. The 2 mummies inside the opened caskets looked well maintained with the external wrappings still undamaged, entirely covering the deals with and bodies of the mummies. No artifacts might be easily seen with the mummies, although it’s possible that some are hidden within the ancient wrappings. 

Excavation is continuous at the website, and archaeologists still require to understand the hieroglyphic writing; they will likewise evaluate the art work on the caskets and the mummies themselves. The analysis might shed more light on who these individuals were, why were they buried in a cachette, when precisely they lived and what their lives resembled. 

In November, the caskets will be moved from Luxor to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, al-Anani stated. El-Assasif is a big ancient necropolis where a number of current discoveries have actually been made. In November 2018, archaeologists revealed that unspoiled mummies were discovered in 2 burial places situated near where the cachette was discovered. 

 Originally released on Live Science. 

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