Necropolis With at Least 17 Mummies Unearthed in Egypt

Wendy Jensen
May 14, 2017

Archaeologists have discovered an underground catacomb containing numerous mummy-filled corridors at an ancient cemetery at the site of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt.

Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany speaks to the media on Saturday in front of mummies following their discovery in catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, central Egypt.

Stone and clay sarcophagi, inscriptions and animal coffins as well as papyrus pieces written in the ancient Demotic language were also discovered in the 3-kilometre-long site.

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That's likely why he saw this breaking news item about 17 mummies being unearthed in the Egyptian village of Tuna al-Gabal pop up and seized on the opportunity to crack a goofy-ass joke. It also includes tombs and a funerary building.

The mummies have been elaborately preserved and are thought to have been officials and priests.

The mummies are reported to be non-royal, as Kholi described the necropolis at the conference as "the first human necropolis found in central Egypt with so many mummies".

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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.

Salah Al-Kholi, a Cairo University Egyptology professor who led the mission, said as many as 32 mummies may be in the chamber, including mummies of women, children and infants. The Late Period ran from 664 BC until 332 BC.

Egypt's Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani said the year had been a historic one for archaeological discoveries in the country.

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