More than 800 tombs have been excavated by archaeologists at the ancient Egyptian necropolis.

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Archaeologists have discovered over 800 graves at an ancient Egyptian city that served as a burial ground.


The site is just outside the village of Lisht, Egypt. Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

Buried deep below the shifting sands of the Sahara desert lies an ancient necropolis more than 4,000 years old that, until recently, has been relatively unknown to Egyptologists. Now, an international group of researchers has teamed up to describe and map the ancient cemetery just outside the village of Lisht, Egypt, unearthing more than 800 tombs in the process.

An expedition co-led by the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities found 802 tombs buried in the massive cemetery, which is nestled between two pyramids, one positioned to the north and the other to the south.

The tombs were discovered along a rocky edge, and are characterized by a special architectural style as they are carved into the rock and surrounded by brick and limestone, said the ministry in a Facebook post. Looted long before the excavation began, the tombs still provide a valuable window into ancient Egyptian life, giving clues about the health, economy, and culture of its people.

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The mapping project is part of a bigger bid to restore many of the cemetery’s looted tombs. Pictured above is the tomb of “Miho”, which has been closed since it was first discovered in 1939. Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

The project is part of an initiative to restore many of ancient Egypt’s historical sites following the looting and destruction that took place during Egypt’s political and economic instability between 2009 and 2013. Detailed satellite images taken during this time showed deep pockmarks indicating looting and it was later revealed that most of these pits led to tombs. Since then, the team has worked to document features in each tomb through photos and GPS coordinates that have since been inputted into a database.

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The massive gravesite is broken up into two parts. Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities