High priests’ tombs discovered in Egypt

The tombs of a number of high priests have been discovered at an ancient site in Egypt.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities explained that several communal tombs of high priests have been discovered at the village of Tuna al-Gabal, near the Nile Valley city of Minya in central Egypt. The area is a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert

This photo provided by Egypt’s antiquities ministry, shows one of sarcophagi discovered in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, near the Nile Valley city of Minya. (Egypt’s antiquities ministry via AP)

Some 16 tombs have been discovered that contain about 20 sarcophagi and five wooden coffins. Waziri said the tombs likely belonged to the high priests of Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of writing and wisdom, among other senior officials. Hundreds of amulets and 10,000 blue funerary statues, known as ushabti figurines, which are fixtures in the ancient tombs of the area, were also discovered. The sarcophagus lids are molded into mummy-like figures of men.

Egypt continues to reveal new aspects of its rich history. Last year, for example, archaeologists uncovered an ancient cemetery near the famous Giza pyramids just outside Cairo.

Also in 2019, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery of an ancient necropolis near the Nile Valley city of Minya, south of Cairo. The large cemetery is located north of Tuna al-Gabal area. It includes several burial shafts and hosts more than 1,000 statues and some 40 sarcophagi as well as other artifacts.

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