Touna al-Gabal excavations Touna al-Gabal excavations

New Antique Heritage Unveiled in Egypt

The village of Touna al-Gabal, near the city of Minya, witnessed the discovery of the first human underground necropolis boasting 17 non-royal mummies, among other findings.

Hidden eight metres below the surface of an expansive archeological site on the edge of the western desert 220km outside Cairo, the preliminary stage of the excavations also revealed six sarcophagi, two clay coffins, a funerary building and thousands of mummified animals.

The location is expected to further uncover more items as the archaeological works continue.