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Egypt uncovers ancient burial site of 50 mummies

Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a tomb containing 50 mummies that date back to the Ptolemaic era (323-30BCE). The mummies, 12 of which were of children, were discovered inside four nine-metre deep burial chambers in the Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya, south of Cairo, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said on Saturday.

The identities of the mummies – which are said to be in good condition – were still unknown, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the council. Officials said 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.

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