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Egypt finds ancient burial site with 17 mummies

15 May 2017, 12:54 | Katie Chavez

HO • GETTY STOCK IMAGE DISCOVERY Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in catacombs

Mummy discovery

Egypt's antiquities ministry said that it has found a necropolis with as many as 30 intact mummies near the city of Minya, the first such find in the area, the media reported. Also found at the site were six limestone and clay sarcophagi, two clay coffins and a number of other artifacts, Anani said.

The mummies were elaborately preserved, therefore likely belong to officials and priests.

The new discovery was unearthed in Touna el-Gabal district, which is a desert area in Minya province, 234 km far from Cairo. The discoveries likely date back to the Greco-Roman period, which lasted for almost six centuries after Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BC.

"The more we drill the more we find", Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani told reporters Saturday.

The announcement took place at a press conference Saturday morning in Tuna el-Gebel district in Al-Minya.

The burial site is about eight yards below ground and dates back to 332 BC, when the last native rulers reigned in Egypt.

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It could herald even more discoveries in the area, he said.

In recent months, Egypt has announced a string of ancient discoveries.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Antiquities, announced it had uncovered what is believed to be a 3,700-year-old burial chamber for a pharaoh's daughter.

Pointing to the edges of the necropolis where legs and feet of other mummies could be seen, the minister said that the find "will be much bigger, " as work is now in only a preliminary stage.

El-Enany is hopeful that these interesting discoveries will give a boost to the struggling Egyptian tourism industry. Figures for past year are not yet available.

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.



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