Archaeologists uncover a million mummies

Many of them date back to the Roman or Byzantine empires

EGYPT (CNN) – A remarkable discovery in Egypt opens a new window to the ancient past. Archaeologists say they’ve found a cemetery that contains more than one million mummies, dating back some 15-hundred years or more.

This according to a head excavator, an American professor from Brigham Young University.

Here, archaeologists claim there are an estimated 1 million mummies under the earth. But Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities refuted the researcher’s prediction, telling CNN: “There is indeed a site that contains many corpses and bodies parts wrapped in a thick textile. But these number in the tens of thousands maximum…”

The college says nearly 2000 corpses have been found so far at the Fag el-Gamous site, south of Cairo. Many of these date back to the Roman or Byzantine empires.

Those buried here were ordinary people with no access to the formal mummification methods reserved for pharaohs, but the arid desert climate dried and preserved their bodies. Despite the lower social status of the dead, excavators found some items of value like linen, glass and even a child’s tunic.

One toddler appears to have been buried with care. She wore two bracelets and an intricate necklace.

Possibly a million more mummies to uncover, and with them, a million more stories.

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