More that 40 mummies were unearthed in Egypt. The ancient family dates back to 323-30 BC, and 10 of them were young children.
Their grave consists of multiple burial chambers, and was discovered at the Tuna El-Gebel archaeological site in Minya, Egypt on February 2. The discovery was led by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Research Centre for Archaeological Studies at Minya University.
According to the Ministry, the family belonged to the elite middle class during the Ptolemaic period, which is defined as the “arc of Egyptian and Greek interaction.” The mummies range in size and gender, and are all in good condition. The children are wrapped in linen and decorated in handwriting. The grave also contains fragments of papyri, which helps to reveal the date of the grave.
“Some of them were buried inside stone or wooden sarcophagi while others were buried in sands or on the floors of the tombs or inside niches,” the Ministry explained in a statement.
Political officials, doctors, and cultural ambassadors from 11 different countries attended the announcement ceremony held at the site. The Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany gave a speech citing two other burial discoveries made under his leadership, and promised more to come.