Archaeologists have made another great discovery in the Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara.

For example, an ancient mortuary temple has been found with more than fifty coffins, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities reported Saturday.

The wooden sarcophagi date from the New Kingdom, the period in Egyptian antiquity between around 1500 and 1000 BC.

The coffins were found in 52 burial shafts at a depth of ten to twelve meters, the ministry said.

The finds were made by a team of archaeologists led by the famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.

The mortuary temple, according to Hawass, belonged to the Egyptian queen Naert, wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Teti.

Three brick warehouses from that time have also been found on the site.

The discovery could shed new light on Saqqara's history in New Kingdom times, Hawass said.

Necropolis is home to many historical treasures

The necropolis Saqqara served as a burial site for more than three thousand years and belonged to the former capital Memphis.

The famous step pyramid of Djoser is also located in Saqqara.

The city of the dead is located about 30 kilometers south of the Egyptian capital Cairo and is on the World Heritage List of the United Nations.

In recent years, large historical treasures have been found at the site more often.

In November, archaeologists found more than 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest find from last year.

Two months earlier, treasure hunters came across 27 coffins in the necropolis.

Egypt has given a lot of priority in recent years to making archaeological discoveries in order to attract more tourists to the country.

The tourism industry was badly affected after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak and subsequent unrest in 2011.