Fifty Mummies Unearthed In Ancient Egyptian Tomb
At least 50 mummies have been discovered in a tomb at the Valley of the Kings in Egypt (above).
50 Mummies Found In Egyptian Tomb
Archaeologists recently unearthed the mummified remains of tens of royal Egyptians – from princes and princesses to infants – while excavating a ruin, reported Live Science. From hieratic inscriptions, the archaeologists were able to deduce that those buried in the tomb descended from 14th century B.C.E. pharaohs Thutmose IV and Amenhotep III.
The Valley of the Kings has been a popular dig site for archaeologists for a number of decades. Over 300 miles south of Cairo, the location served as the burial spot for Egyptian royalty during the country’s New Kingdom (1550-1070 B.C.E.). Among the most famous discoveries in the Valley of the Kings was the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
The 3,300-year-old tomb was uncovered in relatively poor shape. It appeared to archaeologists that the tomb had been plundered and looted at some point in history for gold and wood. Many of the remains were scattered, as were clothes and funerary artifacts. A cave fire is also thought to have occurred.
Despite the poor condition of the tomb, archaeologists believe that they will be able to conduct an informative anthropological study from what they’ve found. They’re hopeful they’ll gain greater insight into the lives of those in the pharaohs’ court.
– Chelsea Regan