Egypt Opens Ancient Coffins To Find Perfectly Preserved Mummies | NBC Nightly News

Egypt Opens Ancient Coffins To Find Perfectly Preserved Mummies | NBC Nightly News


ANCIENT TOMBS. MOLLY HUNTER WAS THERE IN EGYPT FOR THE MOLLY HUNTER WAS THERE IN EGYPT FOR THE MOMENT THEY FOUND OUT IN EGYPT FOR THE MOMENT THEY FOUND OUT WHAT IS INSIDE. MOMENT THEY FOUND OUT WHAT IS INSIDE.>>Reporter: THE WHAT IS INSIDE.>>Reporter: THE COFFIN LID WAS>>Reporter: THE COFFIN LID WAS UNSEALED AND EVER SO COFFIN LID WAS UNSEALED AND EVER SO CAREFULLY LIFTED OFF. UNSEALED AND EVER SO CAREFULLY LIFTED OFF. INSIDE, A PERFECTLY CAREFULLY LIFTED OFF. INSIDE, A PERFECTLY WRAPPED MUMMY WRAPPED INSIDE, A PERFECTLY WRAPPED MUMMY WRAPPED IN FABRIC WITH A BIT WRAPPED MUMMY WRAPPED IN FABRIC WITH A BIT OF SKULL SHOWING. IN FABRIC WITH A BIT OF SKULL SHOWING.>>I’M VERY HAPPY. OF SKULL SHOWING.>>I’M VERY HAPPY. I’M VERY PROUD OF THIS>>I’M VERY HAPPY. I’M VERY PROUD OF THIS DISCOVERY. I’M VERY PROUD OF THIS DISCOVERY.>>Reporter: DR. DISCOVERY.>>Reporter: DR. WAZIRI LED THE TEAM>>Reporter: DR. WAZIRI LED THE TEAM THAT DISCOVERED IT. WAZIRI LED THE TEAM THAT DISCOVERED IT. HIS TEAM WAS DIGGING THAT DISCOVERED IT. HIS TEAM WAS DIGGING IN THE AREA BUT NOT HIS TEAM WAS DIGGING IN THE AREA BUT NOT FOR THAT. IN THE AREA BUT NOT FOR THAT. FIRST SOMEONE SPOTTED FOR THAT. FIRST SOMEONE SPOTTED A PAINTED WOODEN FIRST SOMEONE SPOTTED A PAINTED WOODEN CRATE. A PAINTED WOODEN CRATE.>>THE BEGINNING OF CRATE.>>THE BEGINNING OF ONE, OUT OF 18 WOODEN>>THE BEGINNING OF ONE, OUT OF 18 WOODEN BOXES. ONE, OUT OF 18 WOODEN BOXES. HOW DEEP? BOXES. HOW DEEP? THEY SAY ONLY THREE HOW DEEP? THEY SAY ONLY THREE FEET. THEY SAY ONLY THREE FEET. THEN I CAME QUICKLY. FEET. THEN I CAME QUICKLY. TAKE THOSE COFFINS THEN I CAME QUICKLY. TAKE THOSE COFFINS AWAY. TAKE THOSE COFFINS AWAY. AND THEN BENEATH THEM, AWAY. AND THEN BENEATH THEM, THERE WERE 12 COFFINS. AND THEN BENEATH THEM, THERE WERE 12 COFFINS. LIKE THAT. THERE WERE 12 COFFINS. LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: TWO LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: TWO LAYERS.>>Reporter: TWO LAYERS. EXACTLY LIKE THIS. LAYERS. EXACTLY LIKE THIS.>>Reporter: THE TWO EXACTLY LIKE THIS.>>Reporter: THE TWO LAYERS OF COFFINS, 30>>Reporter: THE TWO LAYERS OF COFFINS, 30 IN ALL INCLUDING TWO LAYERS OF COFFINS, 30 IN ALL INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN, HIDDEN IN A IN ALL INCLUDING TWO CHILDREN, HIDDEN IN A CACHE SHED TO PROTECT CHILDREN, HIDDEN IN A CACHE SHED TO PROTECT FROM LOOTING. CACHE SHED TO PROTECT FROM LOOTING. ALSO TO PROTECT FROM FROM LOOTING. ALSO TO PROTECT FROM THE ELEMENTS. ALSO TO PROTECT FROM THE ELEMENTS. BLUES, GREENS, VIBRANT THE ELEMENTS. BLUES, GREENS, VIBRANT 3,000 YEARS LATER. BLUES, GREENS, VIBRANT 3,000 YEARS LATER.>>LOOK AT THIS. 3,000 YEARS LATER.>>LOOK AT THIS. NO MISSING PIECES.>>LOOK AT THIS. NO MISSING PIECES. THAT MEANS NO NO MISSING PIECES. THAT MEANS NO TERMITES. THAT MEANS NO TERMITES.>>Reporter: NOW THE TERMITES.>>Reporter: NOW THE WORK BEGINS.>>Reporter: NOW THE WORK BEGINS. WHO WERE THESE PEOPLE? WORK BEGINS. WHO WERE THESE PEOPLE? ARCHAEOLOGISTS KNOW WHO WERE THESE PEOPLE? ARCHAEOLOGISTS KNOW THEY WERE POWERFUL, ARCHAEOLOGISTS KNOW THEY WERE POWERFUL, FAIRLY CERTAIN THEY THEY WERE POWERFUL, FAIRLY CERTAIN THEY WERE PRIESTS. FAIRLY CERTAIN THEY WERE PRIESTS. WHAT DID THEY DIE OF? WERE PRIESTS. WHAT DID THEY DIE OF? AND ARE THERE MORE WHAT DID THEY DIE OF? AND ARE THERE MORE NEARBY? AND ARE THERE MORE NEARBY? IN THE FAMOUS VALLEY NEARBY? IN THE FAMOUS VALLEY OF THE KINGS, THOSE IN THE FAMOUS VALLEY OF THE KINGS, THOSE MUMMIES WERE RIGHT IN OF THE KINGS, THOSE MUMMIES WERE RIGHT IN FRONT A FEW HUNDRED MUMMIES WERE RIGHT IN FRONT A FEW HUNDRED FEET THAT WAY. FRONT A FEW HUNDRED FEET THAT WAY. THE ENTIRE THING IS FEET THAT WAY. THE ENTIRE THING IS BASICALLY AN ACTIVE THE ENTIRE THING IS BASICALLY AN ACTIVE EXTODAY VEGAS SITE BASICALLY AN ACTIVE EXTODAY VEGAS SITE OVER THERE. EXTODAY VEGAS SITE OVER THERE. AND THEY HAVEN’T EVEN OVER THERE. AND THEY HAVEN’T EVEN FOUND HALF OF WHAT AND THEY HAVEN’T EVEN FOUND HALF OF WHAT MIGHT BE BURIED HERE. FOUND HALF OF WHAT MIGHT BE BURIED HERE.>>Reporter: HE PUTS MIGHT BE BURIED HERE.>>Reporter: HE PUTS THAT NUMBER LOWER.>>Reporter: HE PUTS THAT NUMBER LOWER. HE BELIEVES THEY MIGHT THAT NUMBER LOWER. HE BELIEVES THEY MIGHT HAVE ONLY FOUND A HE BELIEVES THEY MIGHT HAVE ONLY FOUND A THIRD OF WHAT EXISTS. HAVE ONLY FOUND A THIRD OF WHAT EXISTS. MUCH SOUGHT AFTER, THE THIRD OF WHAT EXISTS. MUCH SOUGHT AFTER, THE TOMB OF QUEEN MUCH SOUGHT AFTER, THE TOMB OF QUEEN NEFERTITI. TOMB OF QUEEN NEFERTITI.>>I’M VERY HAPPY.

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