Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient burial site holding at least 17 mummies, most of them fully intact, which could date back two millennia.
The funerary site also includes six sarcophagi, two clay coffins, two papyri written in demotic script as well as a number of vessels, according to the antiquities ministry.
It was uncovered eight metres below ground in the Touna-Gabal district of Minya, a province about 250 km (150 miles) south of Cairo.
|Researchers found 17 mummies, but the excavation is only at a preliminary stage|
Work at the site, which is close to an ancient animal cemetery, is only at a preliminary stage, so the discovery could be much bigger.
As many as 32 mummies may be in the chamber, including mummies of women, children and infants, said Salah al Kholi, a Cairo University Egyptology professor who led the mission.
|The necropolis was found eight metres below ground|
Egypt hopes that recent discoveries can help revive its crucial tourism sector, which was hit hard by political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.
|The mummies are believed to be 2,300 years old|