Monday, 20 November, 2017

Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area

Egyptian mummies discovered weird mystery Reuters
Saul Franklin | 14 May, 2017, 04:03

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 well-preserved mummies in the catacombs in the province of Minya, about 250 kilometers South of Cairo. A find such as this has never happened in that area, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert.

The discovery of the mummies is considered unprecedented because it is the first of its kind in that area.

Mission head Salah El-Kholi told Ahram Online that the cachette includes 17 non-royal mummies wrapped in linen and very well preserved.

Pointing to the edges of the necropolis where legs and feet of other mummies could be seen, the minister said that the find "will be much bigger", as work is now in only a preliminary stage.

An article written in MSN News states that more than mummies were found in the dig. Along with the mummies, several antiquities were also discovered, including papyrus and animal coffins.

The mummies have not yet been dated but are believed to date to Egypt's Greco-Roman period.

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Discoveries such as the mummies, are important to the Egyptian government. "News of antiquities are the things that attract the world to Egypt".

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.

"It's like a message from our ancestors that serve us, to bring tourists", - said on Saturday at a press conference Minister of Egypt on Affairs of antiquities, Khaled Anani.

"Antiquities are the soft power that distinguishes Egypt", Enany said.

In recent months, Egypt has announced a string of ancient discoveries.

"2017 - historic in terms of archaeological discoveries".

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