Eight pharaonic-era mummies have been discovered by archeologists as Ancient Egypt continues to reveal its hidden treasures.
They were found in the same pyramid as King Amenhoth II located in Dahshur, near the Great Pyramids of Giza west of capital Cairo.
Eight limestone coffins were discovered as part of an excavation project and was covered with a layer of coloured cardboard in the form of a human.
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.
The Egyptian archaeological expedition was unearthing the southeast corner of the pyramid of King Amenhoth II when they uncovered the remains.
Dr Mustapha Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the mission, said that the mission began its work in August.
He revealed that the coffins are now being sent for restoration.
The ‘late era’ included the last six dynasties of native Egyptian rulers and ended when the Persian Empire, led by Alexander the Great, conquered the land and established the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Another Ancient Egyptian discovery was announced last week when a 3,000-year-old woman was found almost perfectly preserved.
The sarcophagus was one of two found in an ancient tomb in El-Asasef, Luxor, on the bank of the River Nile near the Valley of the Kings.
The first one had been opened earlier and examined by Egyptian antiquities officials and contained a priest who oversaw the embalming of pharaohs.
‘One sarcophagus was rishi-style, which dates back to the 17th dynasty, while the other sarcophagus was from the 18th dynasty,’ Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al Anani said. ‘The two tombs were present with their mummies inside.’
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