In many ways this has been a difficult year, but in the realm of archaeological research some major discoveries have been made around the world. Lost cities and tombs have come to light, the creations of our prehistoric ancestors have been recognized for their innovation, and several finds this year are rewriting history. The following are 10 of the most prominent archaeological discoveries to make news headlines in 2020.
The Saqqara royal burial necropolis south of Cairo, Egypt, is perhaps 2020’s most revealing ancient site. It seems that almost every month new treasures have been presented from this sacred burial complex. To date, antiquities authorities have announced the discovery of at least 140 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them.
The highly-ornate, colorful, and gilded wooden coffins date to the Late Period (664-332 BC) and the time of the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt from around 320 BC to about 30 BC. The sarcophagi have been found with some 40 golden statues and other impressive grave goods.