It’s early 2019, and archaeologists are digging 30 feet underground at the Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in Minya, Egypt. And the team’s endeavors ultimately bear fruit when they uncover a series of tombs hidden deep in the ground. Yet there’s a further surprise in store. After the archaeologists open the chambers, they discover a stunning burial ground for 50 mummies – making their find a very special one indeed.
Thousands of years ago, Egypt was not a unified country, with a boundary instead slicing the territory into two separate parts: Lower and Upper Egypt. And right near that division line, Hermopolis – which was once a major city and provincial capital – stood tall. Yet even though Hermopolis remained after the Romans conquered Egypt, the Muslim conquest in the 7th century A.D. led to its downfall.
Still, in its heyday Hermopolis was second only to Thebes in its opulence – which explains, perhaps, why archaeologists have since uncovered so much from this ancient metropolitan area. The location is notable, too, for once hosting a great necropolis, where Egyptians buried their dead and honored the deceased with monuments and tombs.