Ancient burial site with 17 mummies discovered in Egypt

Marsha Scott
May 14, 2017

The non-royal mummies, including some completely intact, were found inside a catacomb by a Cairo University expedition in the village of Tuna al-Gabal.

An Egyptian archaeological mission has found a necropolis holding at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya, in the first such find in the area, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday.

The discovery was "important, unprecedented", Mohamed Hamza, director of excavations for Cairo University said.

An ancient burial was at a depth of about eight meters under the ground.

El-Enany told reporters about this week's cachette discovery at a gala ceremony attended by El-Minya governor Essam Al Bedewi, the ambassadors of Belgium, Hungary and Serbia and a number of top officials from the ministry and Cairo University. The site has been dated back to between the third century BC and the third century AD. "News of antiquities are the things that attract the world to Egypt".

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"It's like a message from our ancestors that serve us, to bring tourists", - said on Saturday at a press conference Minister of Egypt on Affairs of antiquities, Khaled Anani.

But a popular uprising in 2011 that overthrew veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak ushered in years of unrest that battered the economy and drove away tourists.

He said the papyri would be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum for restoration.

Archaeologists across the country have excavated a slew of relics in recent months.

According to Daily Mail UK, archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered a 3,000-year-old nobleman's tomb, twelve 3,500-year-old cemeteries, and a giant colossus that is believed to represent King Psammetich I. Yehia Rashed, the Tourism Minister of Egypt, says that these discoveries could boost tourism numbers to 10 million.

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