Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area

Mummy discovery

Burial shafts were found in the area and excavation work "revealed that these shafts led to a number of corridors inside a cachette of mummies", the ministry said. Archaeologists also uncovered a golden sheet, two papyri covered in an ancient Egyptian script called Demotic, and several limestone and clay sarcophagi as well as several mummified animals.

The ministry said they belonged to the Late Period, which spanned nearly 300 years up to Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt in 332 BC.

Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a necropolis containing at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya.

Chairman of Cairo University, Gaber Nassar, said "we will continue to fund the antiquities discoveries in Touna el-Gabal district, and turn it into an important center at the tourist map of Egypt".

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.

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The non-royal mummies, including some completely intact, were found inside a catacomb by a Cairo University expedition in the village of Tuna al-Gabal.

"2017 - historic in terms of archaeological discoveries".

"2017 has been one of the landmark years for archaeological discoveries in Egypt", al-Enany said at a press conference in Minya.

In April, the ministry invited reporters to the southern city of Luxor to unveil eight mummies discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb belonging to a nobleman. "It is as if it is a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring tourists back". Figures from 2016 are not yet available.

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