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Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered an ancient burial site containing 50 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era in Minya, south of Cairo, the ministry of antiquities said on Saturday (February 2).
The mummies, twelve of which were of children, were discovered inside four, nine-metre-deep burial chambers in the Tuna El-Gebel archaeological site.
The identities of the mummies are still unknown, according to Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri.
Visitors gathered at the discovery site where 40 of the mummies were exhibited during the announcement.
Some of the mummies were found wrapped in linen, while others were placed in stone and wooden coffins or sarcophagi.
The archaeological finding was the first of 2019 and was unearthed through a joint mission with the Research Centre for Archaeological Studies of Minya University.