It’s early 2019 and Egyptian archaeologists are digging thirty feet underground at the Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in Minya, 245 kilometers from Cairo. Eventually, they uncover a series of tombs hidden deep in the ground, but the surprise still hasn’t come. It’s when they open the chambers and find a stunning burial ground for 50 mummies that they and the rest of the world realize just how special their find is.
In Ancient Egypt, a boundary sliced the territory into Lower and Upper Egypt, respectively. Right near that line stood Hermopolis, once a major city and provincial capital. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it maintained its status through the third century – but the Muslim conquest saw its downfall.
In its heyday, though, Hermopolis was second only to Thebes in its opulence, which explains why archaeologists have uncovered so much from this ancient metropolitan area. Indeed, not only did it comprise of a city, but a necropolis where they buried the dead and honored them with monuments and tombs.