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Eight 3,000 Year Old Ancient Egyptian Mummies Discovered In Pyramid

Eight 3,000 Year Old Ancient Egyptian Mummies Discovered In Pyramid

Eight ancient Egyptian mummies have been discovered by archaeologists in the same pyramid as King Amenhoth II who reigned in 1400 BC. Mind. Blown.

The eight limestone coffins were found in Dashur, near the Great Pyramids of Giza west of capital Cairo.

The discovery came as part of an excavation project and the coffins are said to have been covered with a layer of coloured cartonnage - a form of wrapping commonly found on mummies - in the form of a human.

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According to the MailOnline, an expert from Egypt's Antiquities Ministry revealed three of the mummies are in 'excellent condition' and date from the 'late era' of Ancient Egypt which spanned from 1085-332 BC.

They were looking at the southeast corner of the pyramid of King Amenhoth II when the mummies were uncovered.

Ancient mummy covered with a layer of painted cartonnage, which was found inside a sarcophagus in area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis, about 25 miles south of Cairo. Credit: PA
Ancient mummy covered with a layer of painted cartonnage, which was found inside a sarcophagus in area of King Amenemhat II's pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis, about 25 miles south of Cairo. Credit: PA

The mission began in August and the mummies are now being sent for restoration work, according to Dr Mustapha Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the mission.

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The sarcophagus (stone coffin) was one of two found in an ancient tomb on the bank of the River Nile near the Valley of the Kings.

At the time, Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al Anani said: "One sarcophagus was rishi-style, which dates back to the 17th dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty. The two tombs were present with their mummies inside."

An expert from Egypt's Antiquities Ministry revealed three of the mummies are in excellent condition and date from the 'late era' of Ancient Egypt. Credit: PA
An expert from Egypt's Antiquities Ministry revealed three of the mummies are in excellent condition and date from the 'late era' of Ancient Egypt. Credit: PA
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The team of French researchers had started the excavation back in March, but had stopped in May before resuming once again in August.

Along with the mummified woman, nearby the team also found five coloured masks and over 1,000 Ushabti statues, which are the miniature figurines of servants believed to help serve the dead in the afterlife.

The tomb also contains other mummies, skeletons and skulls, and dates back to the middle kingdom almost 4,000 years ago. However, it was also reused during the late period.

A huge, black granite sarcophagus was also discovered earlier this year in Alexandria, Egypt. Credit: PA
A huge, black granite sarcophagus was also discovered earlier this year in Alexandria, Egypt. Credit: PA
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According to the ministry, the tomb belonged to Thaw-Irkhet-If, the mummification supervisor at the Temple of Mut in Karnak.

In order to uncover it, more than 300 metres of rubble had to be removed over the course of five months - including coloured ceiling paintings that depicted the owner and his family.

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