In al-Minya, a group of archaeologists discovered an ancient city of the dead. “This is only the beginning,” said Minister of Egyptian Antiquities Khalad al-Enani.
German and Egyptian archaeologists, as reported by Deutsche Welle, have discovered an ancient necropolis with dozens of sarcophagi and artistic treasures along the Nile. The necropolis was found in the city of Al-Minya in Upper Egypt and dates back to 2500 years, it contains 40 stone coffins, about 1,000 statues and a gold mask, the ministry of Antiquities said from the site of the excavation. In addition, ceramics, jewelery and other ancient items have been found.
Excavations began last year, according to the ministry, and were backed by research teams from Munich and Hildesheim. “This is only the beginning of a new discovery, and I think we need at least five years to complete the work on the necropolis,” he said. The findings will provide important insights into the life of ancient Egyptians.
In recent months, the Department of Antiquities in Egypt has presented a series of discoveries from the great civilization of ancient Egyptians. An Italian research team had launched in late January new investigations at the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in Luxor.
Earlier this month, scientists near the pyramids had found a grave of more than 4000 years of age. The sarcophagus is said to belong to a priestess called Hat Bet. Near the unique world miracle of antiquity, the new Egyptian Museum will open at the end of the year, replacing the exhibition center in Cairo’s city center.