Har funnet 10 mumifiserte barn fra år 305 før Kristus

Gamle gravkamre med om lag 40 mumier er blitt funnet i Egypt, ifølge myndighetene i landet.

Denne artikkelen er over ett år gammel, og kan inneholde utdatert informasjon.

Journalister fikk lørdag besøke funnstedet i provinsen Minya, sør for hovedstaden Kairo.

Mumifiserte barn

Gravkamrene er hogget ut i stein, og mumiene er angivelig i god stand. Minst ti av dem er mumifiserte barn. I tillegg er det funnet keramikk og papyrusruller.

Foreløpig er det uklart hvor gamle gravkamrene er, men de kan stamme fra tidlig romersk eller bysantinsk tid ca 305 - 330 før Kristus.

Det antas at det er en familie som har tilhørt den øvre middelklasse.

Turistnæringen sliter

Egypt har de siste årene gjort en rekke arkeologiske funn som er blitt brukt i et forsøk på å få fart på landets turistnæring.

Den har hatt store utfordringer i kjølvannet av de politiske omveltningene som har preget landet etter 2011. Flere terrorangrep har også rammet næringen.

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This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows newly-discovered mummies wrapped in linen found in burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era (305-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)
This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows the partially-uncovered skull of a newly-discovered mummy wrapped in linen found in a burial chamber dating to the Ptolemaic era (305-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)
This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows artefact fragments on display outside newly-discovered burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era (305-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)
This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows a newly-discovered mummy wrapped in linen with sarcophagus fragments found in burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era (305-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)
Mummies lie in a recently discovered burial chamber in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. On Saturday Egypt announced that it found a number of ancient burial chambers cut in rock, carrying about 40 mummies that are in good shape, along with pottery, papyri and exquisite mummy cases. Officials told reporters at the site that the chambers, which were cut out of rock, belonged to a middle-class family that probably lived during the Ptolemaic, early Roman or Byzantine period. (AP Photo/Roger Anis)
This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows artefact fragments on display outside newly-discovered burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era (305-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)
Mummies lie in a recently discovered burial chamber in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. On Saturday Egypt announced that it found a number of ancient burial chambers cut in rock, carrying about 40 mummies that are in good shape, along with pottery, papyri and exquisite mummy cases. Officials told reporters at the site that the chambers, which were cut out of rock, belonged to a middle-class family that probably lived during the Ptolemaic, early Roman or Byzantine period. (AP Photo/Roger Anis)
A member of security personnel stands atop of a cliff as he guards the area during the presentation of a new discovery at Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site in Minya Governorate, Egypt, February 2, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egyptiske arekologer har åpnet et gravkammer og funnet 40 mumier som trolig stammer fra år 305 før Kristus. Foto: AFP