30 ancient coffins with mummies inside discovered in Egypt

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Thirty ancient coffins with mummies inside were discovered in Egypt by officials last week.

The coffins were found near the city of Luxor inside the Asasif Necropolis, which is located along the west bank of the Nile River, according to the Supreme Council of Antiquities’ secretary general, Mostafa Waziri.

Paintings and inscriptions were found on the coffins.

Among the mummies found inside the ancient structures were 28 adults — 23 of whom were male and five of whom were female — and two children, said Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany. The genders of the children have not been disclosed.

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A mummy is seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany (C) speaks to the media on May 13, 2017, in front of mummies following their discovery in catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A number of mummies are seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows carpets leading to catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt, where Egyptian archaeologists discovered non-royal mummies. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A number of mummies are seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A number of mummies are seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A mummy inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Journalists gather on May 13, 2017, outside catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt, where Egyptian archaeologists discovered non-royal mummies. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany walks inside catacombs on May 13, 2017, as he shows mummies to the press following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The momentous finding was praised by el-Anany, who described the coffins as "exceptionally painted and preserved.” He called it the "biggest and most important" finding in years.

It’s particularly rare to find coffins with children inside, archaeologist Zahi Hawass said, according to CNN, which has garnered even more attention around the uncovering.

Next month, the coffins will be moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is being built in Cairo.

Waziri said those inside the coffins lived during the 22nd dynasty, which lasted from 945 B.C. to 715 B.C.

The coffins had been stacked — with 18 of them on top of the other 12 — when they were found. Officials believe the coffins were hidden by a priest to prevent them from getting looted.

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