Egypt unveils 17 mummies in Minya

Kristopher Drake
May 15, 2017

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.

Khaled al-Anani, the Antiques Minister, said the because of the way that the mummies have been preserved, it most likely means that they are officials or priests.

The discovery surprised many because the ancient burial site on the fringes of the western desert was mainly known as an area where thousands of mummified birds and animals had been discovered over the years.

Tuna Al-Gabal archaeological site, near Upper Egypt's El-Minya, buzzed Saturday with journalists who flocked in to catch a glimpse of a newly discovered cachette of mummies, dating from the Late Period.

Inside the catacomb, Khaled Anani, Egypt's Minister of Antiquities referred to the gaps inside the catacombs saying "The more we drill the more we find".

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in catacombs in central Egypt, antiquities ministry announced on Saturday. The discovery is the first of its kind since 1950, when egyptologist Sami Gabra discovered a burial site of ibis and baboons on that date. The lack of tourists devastated the Egyptian government, and they are hoping that this archaeological discovery, and the many that they hope will follow, will help usher the tourists back into Egypt.

Archaeologists from Cairo University, working in excavations, believe that the discovered tomb can be 17, and at least 32 of the mummy, in which embalmed including the remains of women, children and infants. Egypt's economy has taken a major hit since the 2011 Arab spring uprising, significantly reducing tourism revenue.

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. Figures from 2016 are not yet available.

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