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Egypt discovers new necropolis, mummies

Associated Press logo Associated Press 14/05/2017

A new necropolis has been found with at least 17 mummies near the southern Egyptian city of Minya, the first such find in the area.

The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert. The area hosts necropolises mainly for animals and birds.

Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters at the site that the necropolis dates back to the pharaonic Late Kingdom and Greco-Roman periods.

He said the find is still in a preliminary stage, and more mummies are expected to be discovered in the area.

The discovery comes as Egypt struggles to revive its tourism sector, partially driven by antiquities sightseeing, that was hit hard by political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

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