Egyptian Archaeologists Discovers Ancient Necropolis South of Cairo

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Archaeologists from Egypt have discovered an ancient necropolis that is containing 40 stone sarcophagi, approximately 1,000 small statues and a necklace charm that is bearing the hieroglyphic inscription “happy new year.”

On Saturday, Khaled El-Enany, the Antiquities minister, said that the discovery that was made near Tuna al-Gabal, south of Cairo, consisted of a huge number of burial shafts that are dating from the late Pharaonic period to the early Ptolemaic era.

The site is over 2,000 years old. It is expected that the excavation will take another five years.

“It’s only the beginning,” Enany stated. “We are very soon going to add a new archaeological attraction to Middle Egypt.”

The relics of Egypt are a draw for foreign visitors. Egyptian authorities hope that new finds will help attract more tourists as a way to help revive the tourism in the country that was affected by the unrest that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the former President, in 2011.

The number of tourists that are visiting the country increased by 54 percent to 8.3 million in 2017. However, the numbers are still below the 14.7 million who came in 2010.

The secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, said that the scarab charm with the new year greeting had been unearthed during New Year’s Eve in a “wonderful coincidence.”

He said: “This is a message sent to us from the afterlife.”