Egypt’s archaeologists keep unearthing magnificent new finds. On Wednesday, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities revealed that archaeologists uncovered eight sarcophagi with mummies that date back thousands of years.
“The mission began its excavation work in August and found the burials with eight limestone sarcophagi with mummies inside,” the ministry wrote on Facebook. “The mummies are covered with a layer of painted cartonnage in the form of a human.”
Three of the found mummies are well preserved, according to the ministry. They were discovered in the Dahshur Necropolis, in King Amenemhat II’s pyramid, about 25 miles south of Cairo. Archaeologists have dated the mummies back to the Pharaonic period (which lasted from about 32 B.C. to 332 B.C.).
The mummies are currently under protection in a Dahshur storehouse. Photos of the discovery will be displayed in museums in Hurghada and Sharm El-Shiekh.
This discovery is just the latest in a string of successful Egyptian digs this year, which have been highly publicized in an effort to bring tourists back to the country. (The country has been trying to recover visitation numbers ever since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011.)
And last year, a necropolis with 17 mummies was uncovered. At the time, the Antiquities Minister said, “It’s as if it’s a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring tourists back.”