Rock-hewn tombs and remains of a residential area from the Coptic era, were discovered in Upper Egypt’s Minya Province, Egyptian antiquities ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said, one of its missions discovered the tombs in the archaeological area, beside Al-Nassara necropolis of Minya.

The tombs date back to the fifth century A.D. and house a collection of burial chambers of 50 metres wide and 70 metres long, according to the statement.

It added that, the residential area, which is of 100 metres wide and 130 metres long, has remains of houses, including a mud-brick house of a monk.

Excavations in the area started in 2008, when the mission discovered remains of a fifth-century church, built of mud brick, as well as, a shrine, the statement read.

Regretfully, these remains were destroyed for lack of security, in the aftermath of the revolution in Jan, 2011.

In an attempt to revive the country’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered from an acute recession, in the past few years, due to political turmoil and security issues, Egypt is keen to uncover the Pharaohs’ archaeological secrets, as well as, other ancient civilisations, throughout the history of this country

Source: NAM News Network