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Following the incredible discovery of 2,600-year-old coffins in Saqqara last month announced the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquity, archaeologists have taken the next step and actually opened one of them.

To everybody’s surprise, the remarkably well-preserved wood coffins still retained some of their paint, and the mummy inside was in an even more intact condition.

After lifting the lid of the sarcophagus as a crowd of onlookers watched in anticipation, the researchers revealed a mummy wrapped in ornate burial linen; more than two millennia after the individual’s interment, the cloth’s inscriptions and colorful designs remained intact!

Based on preliminary analysis, researchers believe that the bodies in the ancient coffins are of priests, government officials, and prominent members of society.

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