Egyptian archaeologists have made quite a find, stumbling upon a burial site containing more than 40 mummies around the town of Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo in Egypt. Believed to date back to the Ptolemaic era (305-30 BC), the mummies were discovered 30 feet deep in the Tunah Al-Gabal archaeological site.
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The mummies, considered to be in good condition, were found buried in stone coffins and wooden sarcophagi; others were “buried in sands or on the floors of the tombs or inside niches,” the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Facebook. Pottery and papyri fragments were also discovered, helping date the burial site.
Archaeologist Rami Rasmi told AFP that, among the more than 40 mummies found on the site, there were 12 children and six animals, mostly dogs. According to the Ministry of Antiquities, it is believed that the tombs found are an elite, middle-class familial grave.