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Egypt mummies: New tombs found in Minya

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Fifty mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era (305-30BC) have been found by Egyptian archaeologists, the antiquities ministry says.

The mummies, of which 12 were children, were found in four burial chambers 9m (30ft) deep in the Tuna El-Gebel site in Minya, south of the capital Cairo.

Some were wrapped in linen, others were in stone coffins or wooden sarcophagi.

Their identities were unknown, officials said, but they were likely to have held important positions.

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Image caption The Tuna El-Gebel site is in Minya, to the south of Cairo
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Image caption Fragments of sarcophagi were on some of the mummies
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Image caption Among the discoveries was this partially uncovered skull wrapped in linen
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Image caption Children were among the mummies found
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Image caption Some of the mummies were in stone coffins
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Image caption Egypt's antiquities minister said the newly discovered tombs may have been a familial grave for a well-off middle class family

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