Ancient coffins of men, women and children found in Egypt

19 October 2019, 13:43 | Updated: 28 October 2019, 15:26

Details of 30 ancient wooden coffins recently discovered in the Egyptian city of Luxor have been revealed by the country's antiquities authority.

The coffins were for men, women and children from the 22nd dynasty (945 BC-715 BC), and had been collected and hidden by a priest for fear of being looted.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the coffins, with inscriptions and paintings, were found in the Asasif Necropolis on the River Nile's west bank near Luxor.

The coffins are in two layers, with the ones on top across those below.

Officials described it as one of the "biggest and most important" discoveries in recent years.

Restoration work will begin on the coffins before they are moved to a showroom at the Grand Egyptian Museum, due to open next year next to the Giza pyramids.

Egypt has sought publicity for its archaeological discoveries in the hope of reviving its tourism sector, which was badly hit by the turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

Egyptian authorities published details two weeks ago of another major discovery in the Luxor region.

The ministry revealed that it had uncovered an ancient "industrial area" once used to produce decorative items, furniture and pottery for royal tombs.

It comprised 30 workshops and a large kiln to fire ceramics on the sprawling site which was found in Luxor's Valley of the Monkeys.