Wed Aug 16, 2017 02:33PM
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry on August 15, 2017 shows three ancient tombs containing sarcophagi which were discovered in a cemetery dating back about 2,000 years in the al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo. (Photo by AFP)
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry on August 15, 2017 shows three ancient tombs containing sarcophagi which were discovered in a cemetery dating back about 2,000 years in the al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo. (Photo by AFP)

Egypt's antiquities ministry says that archaeologists have discovered three tombs dating back more than 2,000 years, from the Ptolemaic Period.

The discovery was made in the Nile Valley province of Minya south of Cairo, in an area known as al-Kamin al-Sahrawi.

Tuesday's statement by the ministry says the unearthed sarcophagi and clay fragments suggest that the area was a large necropolis from sometime between the 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period.

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry on August 15, 2017 shows a sarcophagus which was in one of three tombs that were discovered at cemetery dating back about 2,000 years in the al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo. (Photo by AFP)

One of the tombs has a burial shaft carved in rock and leads to a chamber where anthropoid lids and four sarcophagi for two women and two men were found.

Another tomb contains two chambers; one of them has six burial holes, including one for a child.

Excavation work for the third tomb is still underway.

(Source: AP)