A news report from Egypt is announcing the discoveries of several mummies at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo. The following is an excerpt from the news report:
A storeroom housing about two dozen ancient Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb during the latest round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo. The tomb was located at the bottom of a 36-foot deep shaft. Twenty-two mummies were found in niches along the tomb's walls, he said.
Eight sarcophagi were also found in the tomb. Archaeologists so far have opened only one of the sarcophagi - and found a mummy inside of it.
In the photo above, released Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 by Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, a newly-discovered Egyptian mummy in a sarcophagus is seen in a tomb at Saqqara, south of Cairo, in Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. Egyptian archaeologists say they have discovered 30 mummies inside a 2,600-year-old tomb, discovered at an even more ancient site dating back to the 4,300-year-old 6th Dynasty.
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