Egypt unveils 17 mummies in Minya: ministry

Egypt unearths first human necropolis with dozens of mummies

"Such big number of discovered mummies revealed that there will be a large necropolis behind the shafts", the minister added. 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 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.

The ministry said they belonged to the Late Period, which spanned nearly 300 years up to Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt in 332 BC.

Egypt has unearthed an ancient burial site replete with at least 17 mostly intact mummies.

Archaeologists with Cairo University have been excavating at Tuna el-Gebel for about 80 years, El-Kholy said. Archaeologists can already see the legs and feet of other mummies sticking out from the edges of the dig site.


Mohamed Hamza, director of excavations for Cairo University said the discovery was "important and unprecedented because it's the first human necropolis" to be found in the area.

"The discovery is still at its beginning", Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany told reporters.

The find is the latest in a number of discoveries that officials hope will help revive the struggling tourism industry.

Tom Cruise is the star of the forthcoming Mummy reboot, so the actor has ancient Egypt, sarcophagi, hieroglyphics, and the murderous tendencies of the bandage-wrapped undead on the brain.

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. "It is as if our ancestors are sending a message for tourism to come back strongly". Figures from 2016 are not yet available.

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