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Archaeologists have discovered several ancient Egyptian mummies — including the remains of a remarkably well-preserved individual — in a tomb along the west bank of the Nile River, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement released today (Sept. 18).
The 2,500-year-old tomb — located in Aswan, in southern Egypt — was likely used as a communal burial, Abdel Moneim Saeed, director of Aswan and Nubia antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, said in the statement.
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Three other tombs were discovered near the tomb with the communal burial. Remains of paintings, some of which have hieroglyphic texts on them, were found in these tombs, as were pieces of clay sarcophagi, the ministry said. Analysis is underway to decipher the texts.
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