Researchers recently discovered some pretty incredible things while exploring an ancient cemetery in Tuna el-Gebel. Inside one of the tombs (in what seems like a scene right out of the old Indiana Jones movies), they came to a point where the path veered off in different directions. Each direction revealed various passageways – each of them containing numerous rare objects.
Very little is known about the chambers, though, because not enough time has passed since their discovery. The cemetery itself, Tuna el-Gebel, has been on researchers’ radar for around 80 years.
The site was once a major city and provincial capital known as, Hermopolis, which roughly translates into “eight-town,” named after a group of eight gods that existed before the Earth was created.
The location of the cemetery is unique in the sense that the necropolis was separated from the people there by a river. It is thought that the dead were carried to their final resting places by boat and not in coffins over land, as was previously suspected.
Some of the more prominent members of society that have been uncovered are a 4th-century high priest named Petosiris and a wealthy young woman named Isadora. Buried with them were various objects not seen by humans in centuries. Some of the items included coins, pottery and some other exceptional items.
Researches were able to tell from the numerous mummified falcons, baboons, and other creatures that Petosiris was a serious collector of animals.
Isadora was, unfortunately, killed while crossing the Nile. Her father had her buried in Tuna el-Gebel. There still exists wonderful engravings of Greek poetry within her tomb.