The research mission of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities conducted excavations at the Meir necropolis, located at an equal distance from Cairo and Aswan. During the work, a collection of funerary artifacts was discovered that belong to two different eras of Ancient Egypt.
First, archaeologists discovered the remains of buildings from the Byzantine era, among which monastic cells, a patio, a pantry and a hearth stand out. Continuing the excavations, the researchers found another lower cultural layer. Jewelry, pottery and funerary items were found in it, which belong to the late period of Ancient Egypt.
The discovery showed the importance of this place throughout various periods of the history of ancient Egypt. On one of the walls of the building was found text written in black ink in eight horizontal lines in Coptic script. It turned out that these were prayers. Remains of shelves were found under the wall, which suggests that the room could have been used by the monks to store manuscripts.
In addition, archaeologists have found a large number of burials and related relics, including fragments of a coffin, a funerary mask, pottery, beads, and copper mirrors. The remains of several people were also found.
The Meir necropolis is located about 50 km northwest of the city of Asyut in Upper Egypt. It includes a group of rock tombs dating back to the eras of the Ancient and Middle Kingdoms. It is known that provincial rulers, the so-called nomarchs, were buried here, in tombs carved right into the rocks.
This discovery confirms the importance of the Meir necropolis for the study of the history of ancient Egypt. As Secretary General of the High Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, noted:
“This discovery highlights the importance of this site in Egyptian history and its role in preserving the cultural heritage of ancient Egypt.”
In the context of this discovery, we can recall the proverb “History repeats itself”, which says that the past tends to repeat itself in the present. Research and excavations at the Meir necropolis help us better understand this truth.