40 Mummies Discovered from the Ptolemaic Era in Egypt


The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced yesterday the discovery of 40 mummies in the village of Tuna al-Jabal in Upper Egypt. The tomb found by archaeologists characterized as a family tomb belonging to the middle class in Egypt during the Ptolemaic period (305-30 BC).

“The cemeteries belong to a middle-class family in the community and consist of a number of burial chambers inside which a large number of mummies are in stages,” Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told a news conference at the discovery site in the village of Tuna al-Jabal in Minya province (about 280 km south of Cairo) Different age in good conservation. “Some of them are mummies for children, some of them are wrapped in linen, others are written in demotic script,” he said.

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Rami Rasmi, a member of the archaeological mission that discovered the graves, told AFP that “40 mummies were found, including 12 baby mummies and 6 animal burials, and the remaining mummies for adult men and women.”

The methods of burial in these tombs varied between “burial in stone coffins, or wooden coffins, or buried on the floor of the tomb,” according to Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Fathi Awad, director of the effects of the Tuna al-Jabal region, pointed out that this area “has been used as a cemetery since the end of the modern state in the Pharaonic era.”

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According to him, “he is famous for many important archaeological sites, including the cemetery of Petosiris, which was discovered in 1919 thanks to Gustave Lefevre, the Roman legion, and the sacred cemetery for the burial of animals and birds of the goddess Thoth, namely the ibex and the baboon monkey , And the Roman cowardice”.

The area also includes two border plates of King Akhenaten, who belongs to the 18th Dynasty and died between 1336 and 1334 BC.