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Egypt unveils ancient burial site, home to 50 mummies

Updated : February 03, 2019 03:29 PM IST

Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a tomb containing 50 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era, in Minya, south of Cairo, the ministry of antiquities said on Saturday. The mummies, 12 of which were of children, were discovered inside four, nine-meter deep burial chambers in the Tuna El-Gebel archaeological site. The identities of the mummies were still unknown, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Mummies are seen inside a tomb during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate, Egypt. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Mummies are seen inside a tomb during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate, Egypt. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Artifacts are displayed during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Artifacts are displayed during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Skulls and bones are seen inside a tomb during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Skulls and bones are seen inside a tomb during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A member of security personnel guards the area during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A member of security personnel guards the area during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A member of security personnel stands atop of a cliff as he guards the area during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A member of security personnel stands atop of a cliff as he guards the area during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A journalist is seen on the ladder at the entrance to the tombs. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A journalist is seen on the ladder at the entrance to the tombs. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A Egyptian archaeologist is seen next to a coffin inside a tomb. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A Egyptian archaeologist is seen next to a coffin inside a tomb. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A cameraman films inside a tomb. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A cameraman films inside a tomb. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A Egyptian archaeologist examines a mummy in a coffin inside a tomb. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A Egyptian archaeologist examines a mummy in a coffin inside a tomb. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Artifacts are displayed during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
Artifacts are displayed during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
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