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Million-mummy cemetery discovered in Egypt

By T.K. Randall
December 18, 2014 · Comment icon 14 comments

Egypt is well known for its ancient burials. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Axel Seedorff
Archaeologists have been excavating a gigantic burial site containing up to one million mummies.
The cemetery, which is known as Fag el-Gamous (Way of the Water Buffalo), has been a site of great interest for over 30 years.

To date the remains of more than 1,700 individuals have been unearthed however archaeologists believe that in total the site is likely to be home to upwards of one million bodies.

The cemetery dates back at least 2,000 years with most of the remains dating to between the 1st and 7th centuries AD.
Some of the deceased had been buried with items such as linen, glass and jewelry while others seemed to have been buried together with other members of the same family.

One recent excavation uncovered an abnormally tall individual around 7ft in height while another found the remains of an 18-month-old child with remarkably well preserved features.

The origins of the site however remain something of a mystery. None of the people buried there appear to have come from royal backgrounds and their remains exhibit varying degrees of mummification, most having been only loosely mummified by the dryness of the surrounding dirt.

It is hoped that, given enough time, the excavations will eventually be able to shed some light on the significance of this particular location and where the people buried there originally came from.

Source: Fox News | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum 9 years ago
how exactly Fag el-Gamous (Way of the Water Buffalo), translates Buffalo? and 7 feet tall was an extremely unusual size for those times when 6 was maximum.
Comment icon #6 Posted by JinxDeMynx 9 years ago
one in a million eh? I must've drunk to much eggnog.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Merc14 9 years ago
Part of the Million Mummy Protest March in ancient Luxor no doubt. Million Man March was the first ting I thought of too. Of course there was only about 100,000 in the million man march and my second though is this the same thing, another egregious miscount?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Million Man March was the first ting I thought of too. Of course there was only about 100,000 in the million man march and my second though is this the same thing, another egregious miscount? Perhaps the same media is reporting this story as well. Actual number of mummies: 16. Lol.
Comment icon #9 Posted by bison 9 years ago
There is apparently a good deal of skepticism in the archaeological community about this story. As the linked article, below, indicates, there is even some suspicion that this might be a hoax. http://full-timewhistle.com/science-27/ancient-egyptian-cemetery-with-one-millon-mummies-leaves-archaeologists-puzzled-536.html
Comment icon #10 Posted by kmt_sesh 9 years ago
There is apparently a good deal of skepticism in the archaeological community about this story. As the linked article, below, indicates, there is even some suspicion that this might be a hoax. http://full-timewhis...uzzled-536.html Good find, bison. And to think I was starting to fall for it. I thought it was too good to be true. It's also a dangerous game for Muhlestein to be playing. More than one archaeologist has been booted out of Egypt for making independent, unverified reports. Of course that was in the days of Zahi Hawass, so perhaps the current Egyptian administration is more forgivin... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by stevemagegod 9 years ago
Forget disturbing Native American burial grounds if there is a Million Mummies here talk about disturbing Sacred Land.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters 9 years ago
There is apparently a good deal of skepticism in the archaeological community about this story. As the linked article, below, indicates, there is even some suspicion that this might be a hoax. http://full-timewhis...uzzled-536.html It does seem to be false. I was just coming to post this - Today (Thursday), the ministry of antiquaries denied the "discovery of a million mummies cemetery" and made an official statement describing the published news as "rumors" and decided to stop any cooperation with the mission after the press statement were published in the Daily Mail. http://luxortimesmag...-... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by kmt_sesh 9 years ago
Good find, Still Waters. Just goes to show, don't publish questionable and unsupported information without the knowledge of the Egyptian government. It will drop an institute's affiliations with Egypt like a hot potato.
Comment icon #14 Posted by coolguy 9 years ago
What a cool find


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