Reporters and camera crews gather to witness the ancient treasures (Credits: AP)
A huge trove of ancient treasures has been unearthed at an archeological site in Egypt.
Some 250 painted sarcophagi holding well-preserved mummies are among finds dating back 2,500 years discovered at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo.
The haul displayed under canvas also included 150 bronze statues of deities and bronze vessels that were used in rituals honouring the fertility goddess Isis.
One headless sculpture is thought to have depicted Imhotep, chief architect of Pharaoh Djoser, who ruled ancient Egypt between 2630BC and 2611BC.
The collection unveiled beside the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara will eventually be put on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum — still being built near the Giza Pyramids.
Painted coffins with well-preserved mummies inside, dating back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt around 500 B.C. (Credits: AP)
The finds are displayed during a press conference at a makeshift exhibit at the feet of the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara (Credits: AP)
A reporter films painted coffins with well-preserved mummies inside (Credits: AP)
Egypt has heavily promoted recent archaeological finds to woo back tourists after being hit hard by the pandemic.