Ancient Egypt: Archaeologists find 2,000 tombs containing MUMMIES - ‘significant find’

Some of the mummies were found wrapped in linen while others were placed in stone coffins or wooden sarcophagi

Some of the mummies were found wrapped in linen while others were placed in stone coffins or wooden sarcophagi

Mummies lie in a recently discovered burial chamber in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

The tourists or visitors from different nations gathered at the discovery site where 40 of the mummies were exhibited during the announcement ceremony.

Fifty mummies in a good state of preservation were found within four Ptolemaic burial chambers, which appear to be family tombs.

It is the third consecutive year that a finding in the area, whose name in transliteration is "Tuna El-Gebel", is announced and the minister of antiquities, Khaled El-Enany, told a press conference that "several new archaeological findings will be announced soon in Egypt".

On some of the mummies, archaeologists found decorations with a form of ancient Egyptian script used by ordinary people, called "demotic handwriting".

Mostafa Waziri, the ministry's secretary-general, said the identities of the mummies were unclear. Pottery, papyri and colorful mummy cases were also unearthed.

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The archaeological discovery was Egypt's first in 2019, and was made through a joint mission with the Research Centre for Archaeological Studies of Minya University.

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

The entrance to the tomb had first been found in February past year, when archaeologists found a corridor leading to sloping stairs that opened to a rectangular chamber 9 meters (30 feet) deep.

Also, a chamber was also discovered at the western side filled with mummies and large stone sarcophagi.

"This is the first archeological discovery announced in 2019 after excavation work that started on November 25 past year by a joint mission from the Ministry of Antiquities and the Research Centre for Archaeological Studies of Minya University", Khaled al-Anany said at a press conference in the archeological site.

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