Egypt discovers 40 mummies in ancient chambers in Minya

Last Updated: Feb 03 2019 12:27

CAIRO: South of Cairo, Egypt says it has discovered a number of ancient burial chambers containing some 40 mummies in the desert province of Minya.

Officials told reporters, at the site that the chambers, which were cut out of the rock, belonged to a middle-class family who probably lived during the Ptolemaic.

The mummies are in good condition and at least 10 are of children.

Egypt has made a series of archaeological finds recently, and it has been heavily promoting them to revive its tourism industry, a staple of its economy that was decimated by the chaos that followed its 2011 uprising.

It was the second discovery of mummies announced with much fanfare by the government in less than a month.

The ministry said in a statement, Archaeologists found the non-royal mummies in a series of corridors after following the trail of burial shafts in the Touna-Gabal district of the central Egyptian province.