|Egypt discovers mummies in 4,000-year-old necropolis|
|Monday, 13 April 2009|
Egypt’s archaeologists have found mummies in well-preserved colored
wooden coffins in an ancient burial site in the oasis of Fayoum that
contain 53 rock-cut tombs that date back as far as 4,000 years ago
According to a statement by secretary general of the Supreme Council of
Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, fifteen painted masks, amulets and clay pots
were also found at the necropolis near a site of pyramids in the
village of Illahun in Fayoum.
The tombs date back to the Middle and New Kingdoms of ancient Egyptian history as well as the 22nd Dynasty of Egyptian Pharaohs and were found by a team led by Abdel-Rahman El-Ayedi, supervisor of antiquities for Middle Egypt.
The decorations and inscriptions on the mummies , which are wrapped in linen, are well preserved, said the statement.
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