An ancient necropolis hidden underneath an Egyptian city on the outskirts of Cairo has been discovered by archaeologists in a historical break-through.
The untouched tomb in Minya, close to Tuna el-Gebel contains up to 1,000 small statues, a unique necklace charm and 40 stone of sarcophagi.
It is believed that the site is more than 2,000 years old and holds relics dating from the late Pharaonic period to the early Ptolemaic era.
Footage captured by Reuters gives you a unique and personal insight into the ancient tomb as archaeologists continue to uncover its riches.
The revelation doesn’t only mark an archaeological triumph – it could also revive the country’s tourism.
The excavation is expected to take another five years to undercover and Egyptian authorities hope it could trigger new beginning for Egypt’s tourist trade.
On Saturday, antiquities minister Khaled El-Enany said: “It’s only the beginning.
“We are very soon going to add a new archaeological attraction to Middle Egypt.”
For years Egypt’s relics drew tourists from across the globe however numbers have rapidly declined following the overthrow of its former President, Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
The number of holidaymakers visiting the country may have risen by 54% in the last year to 8.3 million but this is still well below the 14.7 million people who visited in 2010.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the necklace charm which bears a unique new year greeting had been unearthed last New Year’s Eve in a “wonderful coincidence”.
“This is a message sent to us from the afterlife,” he said.