Archaeologists reveal tomb with 50 mummies in Minya, Egypt

Published: February 03, 2019 13:46:36 | Updated: February 07, 2019 16:06:05

Recently discovered mummies lie in a desert burial chamber south of Cairo. AP photo

Fifty mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era (305-30BC) have been found by Egyptian archaeologists, the antiquities ministry says.

The mummies, of which 12 were children, were found in four burial chambers 9m (30ft) deep in the Tuna El-Gebel site in Minya, south of the capital Cairo.

Some were wrapped in linen, others were in stone coffins or wooden sarcophagi, reports BBC.

Their identities were unknown, officials said, but they were likely to have held important positions.

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