17 mummies found at burial site in Egypt

By: Lindsey Granger

At least 17 mummies have been found inside a burial chamber unearthed in Egypt.

Al Jazeera reports there could be as many as 32 in all. The site was found about 26 feet below ground in the city of Minya.

Egypt's antiquities ministry dated the findings to the Late Period of Ancient Egypt and the Greco-Roman period.

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A mummy is seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany (C) speaks to the media on May 13, 2017, in front of mummies following their discovery in catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A number of mummies are seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows carpets leading to catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt, where Egyptian archaeologists discovered non-royal mummies. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A number of mummies are seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A number of mummies are seen inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A mummy inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A number of mummies inside the newly discovered burial site in Minya, Egypt May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
MINYA, EGYPT - MAY 13: Mummies are seen after they were found at the cemetery in the Tounah Al Gabal district of Minya, Egypt on May 13, 2017. (Photo by Samer Abdallah /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Journalists gather on May 13, 2017, outside catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt, where Egyptian archaeologists discovered non-royal mummies. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 non-royal mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. Along with the mummies, they found a golden sheet and two papyri in Demotic -- an ancient Egyptian script -- as well as a number of sarcophogi made of limestone and clay. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany walks inside catacombs on May 13, 2017, as he shows mummies to the press following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A picture taken on May 13, 2017, shows mummies lying in catacombs following their discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, in central Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in the desert catacombs, an 'unprecedented' find for the area south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Cairo University students first detected the chamber last year with radar technology. The site notes that aside from the mummies, animal coffins and papyrus writings were also found.

According to The Telegraph, this was the second discovery of mummies announced by the Egyptian government in the past month.

Egypt is hoping recent discoveries will brighten its image abroad and revive tourism, in the wake of the revolution of 2011.

The antiquities minister, Khaled al-Enany, is quoted by Al Jazeera as saying, "It's as if it's a message from our ancestors who are lending us a hand to help bring tourists back."

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