Egypt uncovers ancient burial site containing 50 mummies

Egypt has made a series of archaeological finds recently, and has been using them to promote its tourism industry. [Reuters Images]
Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a tomb containing 50 mummies, said to date back to the Ptolemaic era (323-30BCE).

The Supreme Council of Antiquities announced the discovery on Saturday, saying 12 of the mummies were children.

The discovery was made in the Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya, inside four nine-meter deep burial chambers.

The identities of the mummies are still not know however, though all are said to be in good conditions.

“We have not found names written in hieroglyphics,” the secretary-general of the council, Mostafa Waziri, said.

The archaeologists however believe that the chambers, which were cut out of rock, belonged to a middle-class family.

Some were decorated with demotic handwriting, a form of ancient Egyptian script used by ordinary people. Pottery, papyri and colourful mummy cases were also unearthed.

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.

The North African country has made a series of archaeological finds recently, and has been using them to promote its tourism industry.