Archaeologists in Egypt have announced the discovery of at least
200 mummies, some of them with golden masks, in a huge cemetery in
the Western Desert.
The burial ground, near a desert oasis, is believed to contain
more than 10,000 mummies, making it the biggest ever uncovered
according to Egypt's Middle East News Agency.
The area, within the city of Bawiti, 300 kilometres (185 miles)
south-west of Cairo, has been renamed "Valley of the Mummies", it
Fifty mummies were found in each of four rooms in the six-mile
long cemetery which dates back to the early Graeco-Roman era 2,000
This was the time at which the Hellenic Ptolemies were losing
their power in the face of increasing Roman domination of the Middle
East and Africa.
They included wealthy people and some rulers, Gaballah Ali
Gaballah, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said.