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More than 40 mummies from 305 to 20 B.C. have been discovered in burial chambers in Minya, the desert province in Egypt.
Hundreds of media and government officials, including ambassadors and cultural attaches from 11 foreign countries, on Saturday saw firsthand the first discovery announced this year in Egypt, Ahram Online reported.
A joint mission from the Antiquities Ministry and the Research Center for Archaeological Studies at Minya University discovered a collection of Ptolemaic-era rock burial chambers from 305 to 20 B.C., 160 miles south of Cairo. They included mummies of different sizes and genders, including 12 children, in four burial chambers, BBC reported.
"The newly discovered tombs are a familial grave which was probably for a family from the upper middle class," Khaled El-Enany, the minister of antiquities, said at the event.
"During a railway expansion in Egypt in the 19th century, construction companies unearthed so many mummies that they used them as locomotive fuel."
I have to think there are many more undiscovered sites like this in Egypt throughout the desert. The undiscovered sites could contain riches and information like never seen before.