Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area

Mummy discovery

"We found catacombs containing a number of mummies", said Salah al-Kholi, a Cairo University Egyptology professor.

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.

"It is the first [mummies] to be uncovered in the area since the discovery of a necropolis of animals and birds from 1931 to 1954", he said, according to an official statement.

An ancient burial was at a depth of about eight meters under the ground. Archaeologists can already see the legs and feet of other mummies sticking out from the edges of the dig site.

The Touna el-Gabal site existed during the Greco-Roman period, which prevailed between third century NC and third century AD. The Giza Pyramids, as the only remaining monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once attracted millions of tourists, from all over the world, every year.




A significant discovery has been made by Egyptian archaeologists.

"Antiquities are the soft power that distinguishes Egypt", said Khaled al-Anani. However, in 2011, there was an uprising that caused the country to fall into years of unrest, and the tourists stopped coming out of fear for their own safety.

"Antiquities are the soft power that distinguishes Egypt", Enany said.

The 18th dynasty tomb, discovered in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, belonged to a nobleman named Userhat who worked as the city judge.

"2017 - historic in terms of archaeological discoveries". "It is as if our ancestors are sending a message for tourism to come back strongly". A number of baboon coffins were also found.

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