"We found a large number of Ushabti [small carved figurines], more than 1,000 of them," Enany said, referring to figurines that were often placed with the deceased in ancient Egyptian tombs to help with responsibilities in the afterlife. "This is an important discovery."
Inside the tomb, archaeologists wearing white masks and latex gloves inspected the sarcophagi, which were covered with intricate drawings in red, blue, black, green, and yellow, and featured the carved faces of the dead. The coffins were mainly well-preserved, though some had deteriorated and broken over the years. Archeologists were also examining a mummy wrapped in linen that was inside one of the coffins.
White, orange, green, and patterned pots were also found in the tombs.
"It is a T-shaped tomb [that] consists of an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor, and an inner chamber," the ministry said in a statement.
A nine-meter shaft inside the tomb held the Ushabti figurines, as well as "wooden masks and a handle of a sarcophagus lid," the ministry said.