Egypt announces the discovery of burial site belonging to high-ranking officials & state priests in Tuna El-Gebel in Minya



Sun, 15 Oct 2023 - 11:46 GMT


Sun, 15 Oct 2023 - 11:46 GMT

In a momentous archaeological revelation, Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities unveiled a hitherto undiscovered burial site belonging to high-ranking officials and state priests from Ancient Egypt's New Kingdom.




This remarkable discovery was made in the enigmatic Al-Ghurifa area, situated in Tuna El-Gebel, Minya.




This discovery encompasses a cemetery housing the remains of high-ranking officials and state priests, boasting a multitude of rock-cut tombs containing a treasure trove of antiquities.




Among the unearthed relics are amulets, exquisite jewelry, stone and wooden coffins safeguarding mummies, and a stunning collection of shabti figurines, skillfully crafted from both clay and wood.


These artifacts belonged to illustrious figures, including "Djehuty Mes," who held the esteemed title of overseer of Amun's temple, and the enchanting "Nani," who served as a chantress for Djehuty.




Of particular historical significance, this revelation marks the inaugural discovery of a New Kingdom cemetery in the 15th nome of Upper Egypt.



Prior archaeological endeavors in the area had been concentrated on the Old Kingdom, First Intermediate Period, and Middle Kingdom eras, primarily in the areas of Sheikh Sa'id and Deir El-Bersha, unearthing rock-cut tombs of regional rulers and high-ranking officials.



The precise location of the cemetery within the modern state period and the late period had remained an enigma until the commencement of the latest excavation season in August last year.



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