Mummies Unearthed In Egypt

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2017

The discovery was made in the village of Tuna el-Gabal, which is a popular archeological site on the edge of western desert.

The area hosts a large necropolis for thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds as well as other animals.

An article written in MSN News states that more than mummies were found in the dig.

The discovery follows on the heels of the uncovering of several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor in April.

Site officials were especially amazed by the find, because the mummies buried in the necropolis are non-royals.

Mohamad Hamza, director of excavations at Cairo University, described the find as "important" and "unprecedented, because it's the first human necropolis" unearthed in the area. He and the other people at the dig site can only imagine what wonders they will discover in the future. Tourism accounted for almost 12 percent of Egypt's economy in 2015 and even more in the preceding years.

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But a popular uprising in 2011 that overthrew veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak ushered in years of unrest that battered the economy and drove away tourists.

The mummies were elaborately preserved therefore likely belong to officials and priest, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities said.

Newly unearthed mummies are seen in a catacomb in Touna el-Gabal district of Minya province, 234 km far from Cairo, Egypt on May 13, 2017.

Earlier discovery: nine 2000-year-old mummies rest underground in Egypt's Valley of the Golden Mummies in 2004. He also assured that the discovery is only the beginning of the digging process to find the rest of the cemetery, adding, "we believe that this archaeological site still has a lot of unrevealed secrets and crypts that we aim to discover".

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