Egyptian archaeologists recently found hundreds of amazing artifacts, which were lying under layers of dirt in the basement of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, reports the London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat.
The artifacts, which include mummies and coffins, were found inside dusty cases, which were forgotten for decades in the museum’s basement. Following the theft of several statues, the museum’s management decided for the first time to compile a full list of all its artifacts. During the work on the list, the basements were searched, and the treasure was revealed.
“During the whole of the past century, the museum’s managers sat on their chairs drinking tea, and did not fulfill their duties,” said General Secretary of the High Council for Archaeology, Zahi Hawwas.
So far, some 600 coffins and 170 mummies have been found in the museum basement.
The museum was established 104 years ago, and contains some of the most important archaeological artifacts in the world, including the mummy of Ramses II who died in 1212 B.C. (B.C.E.)