A cemetery dating back to the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt was unearthed at Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in southern Egypt’s Minya governorate, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced.
The cemetery, dating back about 3,400 years to ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom, belonged to senior officials and priests, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).
The cemetery was discovered in the Al-Ghuraifa area of Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in Minya by an Egyptian archaeological mission led by the SCA. It consists of a large quantity of rock-cut tombs and hundreds of other archaeological finds, said Waziri.
Among the finds was a complete, well-preserved papyrus that is approximately 16–18 metres long, according to preliminary studies, with texts about the Book of the Dead, and an engraved, coloured wooden coffin of the daughter of a high priest of Djehuti, an ancient Egyptian god, Xinhua News Agency reported.
They also found amulets, jewellery, stone and wooden coffins containing mummies, and a group of ushabti figurines made of pottery and wood, according to the SCA chief.