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15 May 2017, 12:54 | Katie Chavez
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DISCOVERY Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in catacombs
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.
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