Archaeologists In Egypt Unearthed A Tomb With 50 Millennia-Old Mummies Hidden Deep Inside

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It’s early 2019, and archaeologists are digging 30 feet underground at the Tuna El-Gebel necropolis in Minya, Egypt. And the team’s endeavors ultimately bear fruit when they uncover a series of tombs hidden deep in the ground. Yet there’s a further surprise in store. After the archaeologists open the chambers, they discover a stunning burial ground for 50 mummies – making their find a very special one indeed.

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Thousands of years ago, Egypt was not a unified country, with a boundary instead slicing the territory into two separate parts: Lower and Upper Egypt. And right near that division line, Hermopolis – which was once a major city and provincial capital – stood tall. Yet even though Hermopolis remained after the Romans conquered Egypt, the Muslim conquest in the 7th century A.D. led to its downfall.

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Still, in its heyday Hermopolis was second only to Thebes in its opulence – which explains, perhaps, why archaeologists have since uncovered so much from this ancient metropolitan area. The location is notable, too, for once hosting a great necropolis, where Egyptians buried their dead and honored the deceased with monuments and tombs.

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