17 mummies in catacombs found in Egypt

17 mummies in catacombs found in Egypt

17 mummies in catacombs found in Egypt

These burial shafts led to the revelation of numerous corridors inside a cachette of mummies, stated Khaled-El-Anany, the Minister of Antiquities. Archaeologists also uncovered a golden sheet, two papyri covered in an ancient Egyptian script called Demotic, and several limestone and clay sarcophagi as well as several mummified animals.

The discovery of the non-royal mummies is considered unprecedented because it is the first such find in the area, officials said at the site.

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in catacombs in Minya province, south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced on Saturday.

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

The burial site where the mummies were found is believed to date back to the Late Period of Ancient Egypt. A number of baboon coffins were also found.

A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017.

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It could herald even more discoveries in the area, he said.

Yehia Rashed, Egypt's tourism minister said last month that the new finds could boost tourist arrivals this year to about 10 million, an improvement from the 9.3 million visitors that came in 2015 but still far below the 14.7 million from 2010.

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

Mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Tuna el-Gabal district. However, in 2011, there was an uprising that caused the country to fall into years of unrest, and the tourists stopped coming out of fear for their own safety.

Back in April, eight mummies were discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb belonging to a nobleman.

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