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Egypt Unveils Sarcophagus in New Excavation in Minya

Sun 15 Oct 2023 | 03:07 PM
Ali Abo Deshish Ahmed Emam

A new royal cemetery has been discovered in the Al-Ghuraifa region in Tuna Al-Jabal, Minya Governorate, according to Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

In a press conference held on Sunday, Mostafa El-Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, said: "A cemetery belonging to senior officials and priests of the New Kingdom was discovered. The cemetery contained numerous tombs carved into the rock that held hundreds of archaeological finds, including amulets, jewelry, and stone and wooden coffins that contained mummies."

The Al-Ghuraifa archeological site was first discovered in 1925, and further discoveries were made in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

The area is home to an archaeological cemetery with family graves and burial wells dating back to the end of the Pharaonic era and the beginning of the Ptolemaic era.

One of the most notable discoveries in the Al-Ghuraifa area is the huge number of Ushabti statues made of blue faience. Over 1,000 statues have been found, with hundreds more in fragments.