A cemetery encompassing over million mummified human bodies has been dug-up in central Egypt, according to archaeologists. Scientists have so far excavated over 1,700 mummies, preserved by the hot dry desert in the Faiyum region of Egypt about 60 miles (96km) south of Cairo. But experts suspect their could be up to a million similar bodies buried in shafts cut into the limestone rock that are at times up to 75ft (22.9 metres) deep. These mummies were buried about 1,500 years ago, between the 1st and 7th Century AD, when Egypt was reigned by the Roman and Byzantine Empire.
Unlike numerous famous mummified corpses discovered in Egypt, these were found in mass graves and look like ordinary citizens rather than royalty or other important figures. Scientists are not sure about where the huge numbers of mummies came from – the remains of neighboring village is too small to warrant such a large cemetery. Among the mummies discovered by archaeologists one is of an man over seven feet (213 cm) tall. The mummies found are clustered together by hair colour – those with blond hair are in one area while ones with red hair in another. Professor Kerry Muhlestein, project director of the excavation at Brigham Young University, in Utah, said: ‘The cemetery is densely populated. ‘In a square that is 5 x 5 meters across and usually just over 2 meters deep, we will typically find about 40 burials. Notwithstanding the fact that the Fag el-Gamous necropolis, which is named after a nearby road that translates as ‘Way of the Buffalo’, was first discovered roughly 30 years ago, archaeologists are still trying to piece together what they have found there. The people buried at Fag el-Gamous were not like the royal Egyptian mummies – rather they had few goods buried with them. The internal organs were also not removed, however, the arid environment of the desert helped preserve the bodies. Found on todayoutlook.com See Posting Here: