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Egypt reveals details about trove of ancient wooden coffins

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Luxor: Egypt’s antiquities authorities heave revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins that were recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor.

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

This photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows recently discovered ancient coloured coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt.

This photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows recently discovered ancient coloured coffins with inscriptions and paintings, in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt. Credit:AP

When discovered last week, the coffins were in two layers, with 18 coffins on top of 12 others, he said.

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

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