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.