An ancient Egyptian cemetery has been unearthed containing more than 40 sarcophagi containing mummies – and a necklace with a ‘message from the afterlife’.
The 2,000-year-old burial ground was found in Minya, south of Cairo, and also contains jewellery, pottery and a gold mask.
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany said that the artifacts may date from 300BC.
He said, ‘This is only the beginning of a new discovery. We are very soon going to add a new archaeological attraction to Middle Egypt.’
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Researcher Mostafa Waziri said that the team had uncovered four mummies with well-preserved jars – and one with a necklace saying, ‘Happy New Year’.
Waziri said that the necklace was ‘a message sent to us from the afterlife’
Waziri said, ‘They still contain the mummified inner organs of the deceased. The jars are decorated with hieroglyphic texts showing the name and titles of their owner.’