Egypt unearths eight ancient mummies

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered eight mummies dating back over 2,300 years at a pyramid complex south of Cairo, authorities said Wednesday.

"The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the south eastern area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid in Dahshur Necropolis has uncovered a number of ancient burials with eight coffins," the antiquities ministry said in a statement.

The mummies, dating from the Late Period of ancient Egypt, are "covered with a layer of painted cartonnage in the form of a human", the statement said.

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on November 28, 2018 shows one of the newly-uncovered mummies© Provided by AFP A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on November 28, 2018 shows one of the newly-uncovered mummies"Three of them are in good condition." 

Cartonnage, a material often consisting of a mixture of linen or papyrus and plaster, was frequently used to cover mummies.

The ministry said it planned to eventually put the mummies and the limestone sarcophagi they were found in on display at museums set to be built in the resort hubs of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Dahshur complex, some 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Cairo, was a major royal burial site that boasts the well-known "bent pyramid" of King Snefru.

In April 2017, the remains of an Egyptian pyramid built around 3,700 year ago were discovered at the complex.

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The sarcophagus seems so beautiful to me, so different from the sad boxes that exist in our society for those who pass away ...

Yes, and did you notice how beautifully decorated and the colors of that mummy, but it is interesting that they seemed to have left some gloves on the right side of the head...

Yes, they look like gloves, or maybe there's another explanation.

I think they were gloves, but whatever they were, it was careless of them to take a picture with that on it.

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