Egyptian mummies: Archaeologists make CHILLING discovery
Egyptian mummies: Archaeologists make CHILLING discovery
Egypt uncovers chamber of mummies
14 May, 2017, 04:06
Burial shafts were found in the area and excavation work "revealed that these shafts led to a number of corridors inside a cachette of mummies", the ministry said. Along with the mummies, several antiquities were also discovered, including papyrus and animal coffins.
The mummies have been elaborately preserved and are thought to have been officials and priests.
Archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in a complex of catacombs in Minya province, south of Cairo.
The archaeological site where the discovery was made is located in the collage of Tuna al-Gabal which is on the edge of the western desert.
Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a necropolis containing at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya.
A team from Cairo University supervises the mission of the new discovery. Archaeologists can already see the legs and feet of other mummies sticking out from the edges of the dig site.
"It is the first [mummies] to be uncovered in the area since the discovery of a necropolis of animals and birds from 1931 to 1954", he said, according to an official statement.
Egyptian authorities hope that new discoveries will improve the tourism image of the country and revive interest among travelers to avoid visiting Egypt after the 2011 uprising.
"2017 has been a historic year for archaeological discoveries", said Anani. The Late Period ran from 664 BC until 332 BC.
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