Egypt uncovers chamber of mummies, sees life for tourism

Geneva Matthews
May 14, 2017

"Such big number of discovered mummies revealed that there will be a large necropolis behind the shafts", the minister added.

"It is the first [mummies] to be uncovered in the area since the discovery of a necropolis of animals and birds from 1931 to 1954", he said, according to an official statement.

Since the dig is only in its early stages, archaeologists believe that they will find many more mummies buried in the necropolis, which is set eight yards below ground level.

These 17 mummies are defined as non-royal, and the cemetery was described to be the first one in central Egypt which possessed so many mummies, Kohli elucidated at a conference which was held near the archaeological site - Touna el-Gabal - which is located in a desert.

Pointing to the edges of the necropolis where legs and feet of other mummies could be seen, the minister said that the find "will be much bigger", as work is now in only a preliminary stage.

Yehia Rashed, Egypt's tourism minister said last month that the new finds could boost tourist arrivals this year to about 10 million, an improvement from the 9.3 million visitors that came in 2015 but still far below the 14.7 million from 2010. "News of antiquities are the things that attract the world to Egypt".

"2017 has been a historic year for archaeological discoveries", said Anani. "It is as if it is a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring tourists back".

Tom Cruise is the star of the forthcoming Mummy reboot, so the actor has ancient Egypt, sarcophagi, hieroglyphics, and the murderous tendencies of the bandage-wrapped undead on the brain.

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