CAIRO: Three well-preserved 3,500-year-old sarcophagi have been found in El-Assasif necropolis in Egypt, Sputnik news agency quoted the national Ministry of Antiquities as saying on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, the ancient coffins, which are 180-195 centimeters (71-77 inches) in length, are covered with colorful paintings. Two were used to bury women, while the remains of the third are still being analysed.
The sarcophagi were determined to have been made during the 18th (Thutmosid) Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, which ruled from 1550-1292 BC.
El-Assasif necropolis is located near the city of Luxor, known as Thebes in ancient times, which was once the capital of one of Egypt’s kingdoms.