Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area

Trevor Jackson
May 14, 2017

Egypt's antiquities ministry says it has found a necropolis with at least 17 mummies near the southern city of Minya, the first such find in the area. Among the finds of sarcophagi made of limestone and clay coffins with the remains of animals and papyrus, with Egyptian inscriptions.

The mummies have been elaborately preserved and are thought to have been officials and priests.

"The discovery is still at its beginning", Khaled al-Enany, the antiquities minister, told reporters on Saturday.

The Touna el-Gabal site dates back to the Greco-Roman period between the third century BC and third century AD.

Since the dig is only in its early stages, archaeologists believe that they will find many more mummies buried in the necropolis, which is set eight yards below ground level.

The tomb in 2016 detected by the radar group of students of Cairo University.

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Pointing to the edges of the necropolis where legs and feet of other mummies could be seen, the minister said that the find "will be much bigger", as work is now in only a preliminary stage.

"2017 - historic in terms of archaeological discoveries". The announcement took place at a press conference Saturday morning in Tuna el-Gebel district in Al-Minya.

The find is the latest in a number of discoveries that officials hope will help revive the struggling tourism industry.

"We found catacombs containing a number of mummies", said Salah al-Kholi, who headed the mission that made the discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the province in central Egypt.

Archaeologists across the country have excavated a slew of relics in recent months. "It is as if our ancestors are sending a message for tourism to come back strongly".

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