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Mummies found in Egypt ancient burial site

Mummies found in Egypt ancient burial site

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an
ancient burial site holding at least 17 mummies, most of them fully
intact, which could date back two millennia.

The funerary
site also includes six sarcophagi, two clay coffins, two papyri written
in demotic script as well as a number of vessels, according to the
antiquities ministry.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani inside a newly discovered burial site in Minya
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Researchers found 17 mummies, but the excavation is only at a preliminary stage

It was uncovered eight metres below ground in the Touna-Gabal
district of Minya, a province about 250 km (150 miles) south of Cairo.
The mummies were elaborately preserved, therefore likely belong to officials and priests.
Work
at the site, which is close to an ancient animal cemetery, is only at a
preliminary stage, so the discovery could be much bigger.

A newly discovered burial site in Minya
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The necropolis was found eight metres below ground

As many as 32 mummies may be in the chamber, including mummies of
women, children and infants, said Salah al Kholi, a Cairo University
Egyptology professor who led the mission.
The mummies have not yet
been dated but are believed to date to Egypt’s Greco-Roman period, a
roughly 600-year span that followed the country’s conquest by Alexander
the Great in 332 BC, the researchers said.
Egypt hopes that recent
discoveries can help revive its crucial tourism sector, which was hit
hard by political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

A number of mummies are seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt
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The mummies are believed to be 2,300 years old

Archaeologists have excavated a slew of relics in recent months that
include a nobleman’s tomb from more than 3,000 years ago; 12 cemeteries
that date back about 3,500 years; and a giant colossus believed to
depict King Psammetich I, who ruled from 664 to 610 BC.

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