A team of archaeologists from Cairo University have discovered wooden painted coffins during routine excavations near the pyramid of Unas at Saqqara, one of the oldest burial places of ancient Egypt around 30 km south of Cairo. The discoveries include coffins thought to date from the reign of Ramesses II (1279 BC to 1213 BC). They were found in the tombs of senior officials of the 18th and 19th dynasties, which also contained statues of their owners, head archaeologist Ahmed Said has said.

Saqqara is best known for Egypt