PHOTO STORY: More than 40 newly-discovered mummies unveiled in Egypt

A man visits the tomb of the ancient Egyptian high priest Mery-Ra, at the archaeological site of Tal El-Amarna containing the ruins of Akhetaten, the brief capital built by the 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353–1336 BC), south of the Nile valley city of Minya about 270 kilometres south of the capital Cairo, on February 1, 2019. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

They are more than 2,000 years old but remain in “good condition”: Egypt on Saturday unveiled over 40 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era at a burial site in the centre of the country.

Archaeologist Rami Rasmi says 12 children and six animals were among the more than 40 mummies, while the rest were adult men and women.

The remains were found laid on the floor or in open clay coffins in the crumbling chamber in Minya governorate.

Shards of pottery and pieces of papyrus found at the site helped researchers to determine its date, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said.

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