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MINYA, Egypt – Egypt has root out an ancient burial site replete with at least 17 mummies, most fully unscathed, the latest in a string of discoveries that the country’s antiquities minister retailed as a helping hand from the crypt for its struggling tourism sector.
The funerary area, uncovered 8 yards below ground in Minya, a province about 150 miles south of Cairo, carried limestone and clay sarcophagi, animal coffins, and papyrus inscribed with Demotic play.
The burial chamber was first detected last year by a team of Cairo University observers using radar.
The mummies have not yet been dated but are believed to companion to Egypt’s Greco-Roman period, a roughly 600-year span that mirrored the country’s conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, according to Mohamed Hamza, a Cairo University archaeology dean in expense of the excavations.
Egypt is hoping recent discoveries will brighten its conception abroad and revive interest among travelers that once mobbed to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids but which have shunned the nation since its 2011 political uprising.
«2017 has been a historic year for archaeological disclosures. It’s as if it’s a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring day-trippers back,» Antiquities Minister Khaled Al-Anani told a news meeting announcing the find on Saturday.
Salah Al-Kholi, a Cairo University Egyptology professor who led the occupation, said as many as 32 mummies may be in the chamber, including mummies of balls, children and infants.
Archaeologists have excavated a slew of relics in late-model months that include a nobleman’s tomb from more than 3,000 years ago, 12 cemeteries that old-fashioned back about 3,500 years, and a giant colossus believed to depict Monarch Psammetich I, who ruled from 664 to 610 BC.
Tourism Minister Yehia Precipitated said last month the new finds could boost tourist new cha this year to about 10 million, an improvement from the 9.3 million companies that came in 2015 but still far below the 14.7 million from 2010. No 2016 leader is yet available.
The tourism sector, a crucial source of hard currency, has tussled to regain ground amid a growing number of militant attacks, subsuming two Islamic State church bombings last month.
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