Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area

Jerome Frank
May 15, 2017

"News of antiquities are the things that attract the world to Egypt".

The new discovery was unearthed in Touna el-Gabal district, which is a desert area in Minya province, 234 km far from Cairo.

"It's the first human necropolis to be found here in Tuna al-Gabal."Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters at the site".

Judging from their elaborate preservation, the mummies likely belonged to officials or priests, he added.

Along with the mummies they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic - an ancient Egyptian script - as well as a number of sarcophagi made of limestone and clay.

The necropolis, which is eight metres below ground level, dates back to the Late Period of Ancient Egypt and the Greco-Roman period, the minister noted.

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A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017.

The latest discovery comes after a mission from the antiquities ministry uncovered an nearly intact funerary collection of Userhat, the chancellor of Thebes during the 18th dynasty, in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor's west bank.

The University of Cairo has also indicated that it would continue to fund and support archaeological excavations in the site of the new discovery until it becomes a huge tourist attraction. The statue, made of quartzite, was found in several pieces in Cairo's Matariya enclave.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Antiquities, announced it had uncovered what is believed to be a 3,700-year-old burial chamber for a pharaoh's daughter.

Egypt hopes that recent discoveries can help revive its crucial tourism sector, which was hit hard by political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

But a spokeswoman said they could also date from the Ptolemaic Dynasty, founded by Alexander the Great's general Ptolemy. No 2016 figure is yet available.

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