Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area

Egypt unearths first human necropolis with dozens of mummies
17 mummies discovered in central Egypt
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14 May, 2017

Stone and clay sarcophagi, inscriptions and animal coffins as well as papyrus pieces written in the ancient Demotic language were also discovered in the 3-kilometre-long site.

The burial chamber was first detected a year ago by a team of Cairo University students using radar.

The necropolis, which is eight metres below ground level, is believed to date back to the Late Period of Ancient Egypt and the Greco-Roman period that spans 664-332 BC.

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.

Egyptian authorities hope that new discoveries will improve the tourism image of the country and revive interest among travelers to avoid visiting Egypt after the 2011 uprising.

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A significant discovery has been made by Egyptian archaeologists. "It's as if it's a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring tourists back", Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani told a news conference announcing the find on Saturday.

A mummy inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017.

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

El-Enany told reporters about this week's cachette discovery at a gala ceremony attended by El-Minya governor Essam Al Bedewi, the ambassadors of Belgium, Hungary and Serbia and a number of top officials from the ministry and Cairo University. Figures from 2016 are not yet available.


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