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ar-old necropolis has been discovered hiding beneath an Egyptian quarry near the city of Aswan at Gebel el Sisila. Inside is a shrine and dozens of tombs containing the remains of wealthy individuals, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. However, officials havent found any inscriptions inside to identify the occupants. What they have found is amulets, beads and pieces of mummy wrappings that suggest the people buried their had status. Experts have even found an intricate ring

displaying a cartouche (royal hieroglyph) of Pharaoh Thuthmosis III. A ring showing Pharaoh Thuthmosis III was found at the site (Image: Ministry 2020第73期跑狗图 of Antiquities) The entrance to the necropolis (Image: Ministry of Antiquities) “So far we have

documented over 40 tombs, including a small shrine on the banks of the Nile,” said Maria Nilsson, an archaeologist at Lund University and director of the Gebel el Silsila Survey Project. “Due to the lack of exterior or interior decoration, the identity of the buried persons remains unknown at this time,” she told Discovery News . “However, the higher officials, viziers and such that were active at Silsila were buried in Thebes, so it is likely that the people entombed in the rock-cut graves belong to the level just below the officials. We are still studying this,” Nilsson said. The discovery was made near the ancient city of Aswan (Image: Google Maps) Excavating the necropolis was made more difficult by the annual Ni

le floods which disturbed layers of ground and mixed bones and pottery with Nile silt. The find comes a few months after archaeologists believe theyve discovered a hidden chamber inside the tomb of King Tutankhamun . British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves told a news conference in Cairo that he believed Tutankhamuns mausoleum was originally occupied by Queen Nefertiti - thought by experts to have been his step-mother. She has lain undisturbed behind what he believes is a partition wall for over 3,000 years. Tutankhamuns burial chamber showing where Nefertitis hidden tomb could be (Image: Alamy) While its unknown at this point whether the Aswan necropolis will contain any treasures, its certain to help researchers gather more information about the lives of ancient Egyptians. poll loadingWould you ever go explore inside a tomb?0+ VOTES SO FARYESNO

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