Archaeologists Undercover Sarcophagi Full of Mummies Near Egyptian Pyramids

Egypt opened up two of its oldest pyramids to the public. The Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid are part of the Dahshur necropolis area. The site has been off limits to visitors since 1965. Built under Pharaoh Sneferu, the pyramids date to approximately 2600 B.C. The Red Pyramid is Egypt's third-largest, after Khufu and Khafra at Giza. Egyptian officials also announced that archaeologists had unearthed a number of items from the area, including sarcophagi containing mummies.

Since a trip to Egypt isn't exactly in the budget for most of us, there's a fantastic alternative right here in Chicago! The "Inside Ancient Egypt" exhibition at the Field Museum is one of my favorite places to explore around the entire city. The museum boasts a three-story replica of a burial chamber, and it houses one of the largest collections of mummies in the United States: 23 human mummies and more than 30 animal mummies.

Learn more about the exhibit here!

 

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