Mummies Discovered In Chamber In Egypt

Egypt unearths first human necropolis with dozens of mummies

The discovery was made near the Nile Valley city of Minya and is the first such find in the area, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. Among the finds of sarcophagi made of limestone and clay coffins with the remains of animals and papyrus, with Egyptian inscriptions.

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

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in catacombs in central Egypt, antiquities ministry announced on Saturday.

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The Touna el-Gabal site existed during the Greco-Roman period, which prevailed between third century NC and third century AD. These discoveries, such as the mummies found, are not only a benefit to Egypt's economy, but they are also an important insight into what life was like back when those people lived. Given the subject matter - you know, just, like, a casual necropolis containing human remains and the first of its kind to be uncovered in the area - he just couldn't help himself to the one-liner that was practically offered up to him on a scarab-encrusted platter. However, in 2011, there was an uprising that caused the country to fall into years of unrest, and the tourists stopped coming out of fear for their own safety.

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

The discovery adds to a spate of recent finds at sites across Egypt.

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Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani said the year had been a historic one for archaeological discoveries in the country. "News of antiquities are the things that attract the world to Egypt".

In April, eight mummies were uncovered inside a 3,500-year-old tomb in the southern city of Luxor.

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