Archaeologists have revealed that they have found ancient tombs that are filled with mummies, coffins and other artifacts in Egypt.
The finding is just the tip of the iceberg according to the archaeologists, and they estimated the excavation of the site is going to take around five years.
Necropolis Was Found Close to Site at Tuna al-Gabal
The necropolis, cemetery, was found to the south of Cairo close to an archaeological site at Tuna al-Gabal, where there is a range of tombs. It is thought to date back to the late Pharaonic or early Ptolemaic period. Minister Khaled al-Anani, the Egyptian Antiquities Minister, said that this was just the start of the discovery and he estimates that it will take five years at least to work on the necropolis.
The archaeologists started work on the excavation of the region last year, and since then they have uncovered the tombs of priests of Thoth, who was said to be the god of moon and wisdom. It was said that the finding was a new human cemetery and the archaeologists had found forty sarcophagi. Archaeologists said that they had found a lot of jewelry, pottery, canopic jars and several ushabti statues.
More Than 1,000 Statues and Jars Decorated With Hieroglyphics Discovered
Dr. Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said that the archaeologists had discovered eight tombs, eight shafts, coffins and forty stone coffins that had been made from limestone. He went on to say that he thought it was going to be a region that was very promising. The doctor said that in one of the tombs there were more than 1,000 statues along with canopic jars made from alabaster which had hieroglyphics on them. He believes these were designed to hold the organs of mummies of Thoth, the high priest. The mummy of the priest was also found, and this was decorated in beads along with bronze sheeting.
Archaeologists are not the first people to have found the tombs. It was said that thieves had found them and Mohamed Ragab, an antiquities inspector, said that they had only found rubble and all the mummies that they found had been almost destroyed.